Medrol

Generic Name: Methylprednisolone

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Medrol is a medicine used to reduce swelling and improve symptoms associated with certain allergic, skin, stomach, intestinal, blood, eye, nervous system, kidney, lung, or joint disorders; rheumatoid arthritis; certain cancers; and certain infections. Medrol may also be used to treat other conditions, as determined by your healthcare provider.

  • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

    How does this medication work?

    Medrol works by reducing swelling, thereby reducing symptoms associated with various conditions.

    What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

    What: Medrol may reduce your swelling and symptoms associated with certain conditions.

    When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you take Medrol exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.

    How do I know it is working?

    You may feel an improvement in your symptoms once you begin taking Medrol. This is a good indicator that your medication is working. Your healthcare provider may ask you questions to assess how well your symptoms are controlled.

  • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

    The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

    More common side effects may include: increased blood pressure.

    Less common side effects may include:

    Adrenal insufficiency (a disorder where the body does not make enough of certain hormones), with symptoms such as tiredness that worsens and does not go away, nausea or vomiting, dizziness or fainting, muscle weakness, irritability and depression, loss of appetite, or weight loss.

    Eye problems, such as glaucoma (high pressure in the eye), cataracts, or an infection.

    Medrol may also cause salt and water retention, decreased blood potassium levels in your body, or may increase your risk of developing an infection.

  • Who should not take this medication?

    Do not take Medrol if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

    Do not take Medrol if you have certain infections.

  • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

    Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Medrol. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have kidney or thyroid problems; cirrhosis (scarring of the liver); high blood pressure; any type of infection (including tuberculosis [a bacterial infection that affects the lungs]); recently been near anyone who has chickenpox or measles; stomach or intestinal problems (such as an ulcer); psychiatric conditions (such as mood swings or personality changes); osteoporosis (thin, weak bones); or myasthenia gravis (a disease characterized by long-lasting fatigue and muscle weakness).

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

    Adults and children: Your healthcare provider will prescribe the appropriate dose for you or your child based on the condition, and may adjust the dose as needed, until the desired effect is achieved.

    It is important that you do not stop taking this medication abruptly. If you need to change or stop taking this medication, it is important that you only do this with the guidance of your healthcare provider.

  • How should I take this medication?

    Take Medrol exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking Medrol without first talking to your healthcare provider.

  • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

    Do not come in contact with anyone who has chickenpox or measles while you are receiving Medrol.

    Do not receive certain vaccines during treatment with Medrol without first talking to your healthcare provider.

  • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

    If Medrol is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining Medrol with the following: aspirin, blood thinners (such as warfarin), cyclosporine, ketoconazole, phenobarbital, phenytoin, or rifampin.

  • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Medrol during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

    If you miss a dose of Medrol, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store this medication?

    Store at room temperature.

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