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A 47-year-old female asked:

Do you see less side effects with a 4mg medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack? i just started today and all the side effects seem scary.

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 50 years experience
Should be a reason.: As a rheumatologist, I have never prescribed a dose pack. Prefer sliding scale of presnisone, wh ich causes slightly less fluid retention. However, the "scary" side -effects listed are very unlikely by any stretch. I'm always concerned about the "bandaid" use of cortisone, but i can't be that negative, not knowing the reason it was given to you. I would not worry!
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