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Dr. Marc Lorber
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Methylprednisolone (Overview)

Methylprednisolone (medrol) is a steroid. It's in the same family as Prednisone but is a bit more potent. Medrol (methylprednisolone) is used to treat a variety of acute and chronic inflammatory conditions such as asthma, gout, and rheumatoid arthritis. Medrol (methylprednisolone) like other steroids have many side effects especially if used long term. Common ones: weight gain, osteoporosis, diabetes, and infections.


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What causes certain medicines, like methylprednisolone to make you crave sweets?

What causes certain medicines, like methylprednisolone to make you crave sweets?

See below: Methylprednisolone is a corticosteroid, one side effect of which is to elevate blood sugar (hyperglycemia, not diabetes) which can simulate diabetes. If excess sugar isn't used by body (muscles, etc), cells may act as though starving for nutrient & cause craving for more sweets. Usually not a problem with short-term/low-dose med, but can be with long-term/high-dose use. Doc should address problem. ...Read more

Dr. Marc Lorber
859 Doctors shared insights

Methylprednisolone (Overview)

Methylprednisolone (medrol) is a steroid. It's in the same family as Prednisone but is a bit more potent. Medrol (methylprednisolone) is used to treat a variety of acute and chronic inflammatory conditions such as asthma, gout, and rheumatoid arthritis. Medrol (methylprednisolone) like other steroids have many side effects especially if used long term. Common ones: weight gain, osteoporosis, diabetes, and infections.


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X-ray revealed a tiny bone fragment in my right heel. Dr prescribed stretches and methylprednisolone, do I have to take the last? Afraid of drugs.

X-ray revealed a tiny bone fragment in my right heel. Dr prescribed stretches and methylprednisolone, do I have to take the last? Afraid of drugs.

Your choice: The use of methylprdnisolone is to reduce the swelling from the irritation and inflammation created by the injury to the right heel. The benefit of taking it is to reduce the inflammation, to reduce the pain, and allow the healing to being. Why suffer the pain? Without it, it does slow down the rate of allowing the area to heal and calm down. Should you discontinue it, keep your dr informed. ...Read more

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Can problem regulating blood sugar and blood pressure possibly be related to recent short term use of methylprednisolone? How to restore the balance?

Can problem regulating blood sugar and blood pressure possibly be related to recent short term use of methylprednisolone? How to restore the balance?

Prednisone: Yes Methylprednisolone can raise blood sugar as well as blood pressure.
Most physicians use this drug for short periods there by avoiding the long term side affects.
Ask you doctor about weaning off it as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Used methylprednisolone 4mg for 22 days and stopped 2 months ago. I am seeing muscle weakness. Does it go by itself? If so, after how many weeks?

Used methylprednisolone 4mg for 22 days and stopped 2 months ago. I am seeing muscle weakness. Does it go by itself? If so, after how many weeks?

See below: The question I have is why you were using methlyprednisone---was it for myositis because if you are noticing more muscle weakness, it may mean that it is active.

If you developed corticosteroid myopathy, you should get better with time and physical though that would be unusual to occur with the length of time that you were on it. See your doctor to further evaluate. ...Read more

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Help please! Is generic Medrol (methylprednisolone) as effective for asthma?

Help please! Is generic Medrol (methylprednisolone) as effective for asthma?

Yes: There is no therapeutic difference between the brand name and the generic equivalent. ...Read more

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How do I get methylprednisolone out my system fast? Just read about side effects.

How do I get methylprednisolone out my system fast? Just read about side effects.

Don't worry.: It is not a long acting steroid that lasts for months. It will clear on its own. Though side-effects occur, short term use is fairly safe. Also, consider the risk of the condition that it was prescribed for. ...Read more

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I stopped taking methylprednisolone after the first two pills causing a reaction. Seven hours later having severe withdrawal symptoms. How long last?

I stopped taking methylprednisolone after the first two pills causing a reaction. Seven hours later having severe withdrawal symptoms. How long last?

Steroid tapering: Your symptoms may not be withdrawal. However, when taking steroids, it is important to make a slow taper of the dosage. Recommend to talk with your prescribing physician on how to make a slow dose reduction and try not to stop the medication suddenly. ...Read more

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I was prescribed methylprednisolone for fluid in my ear. About half way through the prescription my symptoms disappeared. Should I finish the pack?

I was prescribed methylprednisolone for fluid in my ear. About half way through the prescription my symptoms disappeared. Should I finish the pack?

Yes: Finish the pack as prescribed to make sure all of the inflammation is gone and does not re flair up again fro only being partially treated. ...Read more

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Is it safe to mix Valium with methylprednisolone?

Is it safe to mix Valium with methylprednisolone?

Yes you can: Yes you can, there is no contraindications for that. ...Read more

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Is methylprednisolone safe?

Is methylprednisolone safe?

Always risks: Most of the time for sort term use, they are safe. Steroids have many side effects that are usually related to the size of the dose and duration of treatment including weight gain, thin skin, fragile blood vessels, increased risk of diabetes mellitus, thin bones and bone fractures, increased risk of heart attack and stroke, etc. ...Read more

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Methylprednisolone, should I stay out of sun?

Methylprednisolone, should I stay out of sun?

Not from drug: Photo sensitivity or sun related problems are rare with methylprednisolone. This is a treatment for many diseases which can become worse on sunlight. For the medication itself you do not need to take special precautions. It is always a good idea to use sunscreen if you expect significant sun exposure. ...Read more

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What does it feel like to take methylprednisolone?

What does it feel like to take methylprednisolone?

Depends on dose!: Large doses (greater than 10 mg acutely), are likely to to initially make you feel wired, or energized! Larger doses will affect the brain more. Steroids should be taken in the morning. If taken before sleep, you will not sleep well! ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: methylprednisolone?

Please describe the medication: methylprednisolone?

Anti inflammatory: Methylprednisolone (medrol) is a steroid. It's in the same family as Prednisone but is a bit more potent. Medrol (methylprednisolone) is used to treat a variety of acute and chronic inflammatory conditions such as asthma, gout, and rheumatoid arthritis. Medrol (methylprednisolone) like other steroids have many side effects especially if used long term. Common ones: weight gain, osteoporosis, diabetes, and infections. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever taken Medrol or methylprednisolone?

Has anyone ever taken Medrol or methylprednisolone?

Yes: This medication is given for many reasons. It can help with allergic reactions, inflammation, pain. It can have side effects of fluid retention, insomnia, or feeling irritable. ...Read more

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How long does methylprednisolone stay in your system?

How long does methylprednisolone stay in your system?

At 36hrs.: It takes 36 hrs for the drug to be less than 10per cent of the dose. But if you mean after long term use, your adrenal glands will be suppressed for a much longer period than after a single dose! ...Read more

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How long does Medrol (methylprednisolone) stay in you?

How long does Medrol (methylprednisolone) stay in you?

Medrol (methylprednisolone): According to epocrates a medical app it takes 90-180 hours for your body to clear Medrol (methylprednisolone) assuming your body is functioning normally. ...Read more

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What medicines can be taken with methylprednisolone tablets?

What medicines can be taken with methylprednisolone tablets?

Whatever is needed: It depends on what you were treating you and how you were treating it. Each person has to be individualized and your physician get help clarify what's best for you. ...Read more

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How long does it take for methylprednisolone to take effect?

It depends: It depends what condition you are using it to treat and it also depends on the dose of the drug used. It usually is very effective within 24-48 hours. ...Read more

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How long does Medrol (methylprednisolone) stay in your system?

How long does Medrol (methylprednisolone) stay in your system?

100 hours: The half life (time to get rid of 50% of the drug in your system) is approximately 20 hours. Normally after 5 half lives the level has dropped to 3% and is having little effect on your system. ...Read more

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Will I gain weight from the Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pak?

Will I gain weight from the Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pak?

No: Although Medrol dose pack is a steroid (methylprednisolone) and has 21 tablets, it is only taken for a finite time and is unlikely to have you gain weight. Patients who take steroids chronically (long continuous duration) are at risk for gaining weight and to have other side effects. ...Read more

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What affects does herbellife have with methylprednisolone have with each other?

What affects does herbellife have with methylprednisolone have with each other?

Many products...: Herbalife has many products, and since they are not medications approved by the fda, herbalife products are probably not tested for interactions with medications such as methyprednisolone. So, that means nobody really knows what interactions there are. If an herbalife user hears of some interaction or thinks he is getting an interaction, he can visit his primary care doctor. ...Read more

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Methylprednisolone tab 4mg, 1st day, all 6 tablets may be taken as one dose. Its its all most 10pm is this going to make me sick taking all 6?

Methylprednisolone tab 4mg, 1st day, all 6 tablets may be taken as one dose. Its its all most 10pm is this going to make me sick taking all 6?

Methylprednisolone: Steroids can cause insomnia, heart racing, anxiety and mania. It's better to take Medrol (methylprednisolone) in the am but if you need to take the Methylprednisolone take the minimal amount at night and the remaining dose in the morning. ...Read more

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T2diabetic, diet & exercise controlled. 2 days off Medrol (methylprednisolone) series. Still getting elevated BG of 103 to 140. Was under 100. To be expected? No wt. Gain

T2diabetic, diet & exercise controlled. 2 days off Medrol (methylprednisolone) series. Still getting elevated BG of 103 to 140. Was under 100. To be expected? No wt. Gain

Yes: Methylprednisolone or other steroid can cause elevation of blood glucose, with effect lasting up to one week after the last dose. If you have persistent hyperglycemia, with fasting blood glucose greater than 100 mg/dL, or 2 hour postprandial blood glucose greater than 140 mg/dL, he may need to consult your physician to adjust your diabetic medication. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take methylprednisolone?

Is it safe to take methylprednisolone?

It has risks: All corticosteroid carry considerable risk with long term use. The risk depends on the dose taken and the length of time it is taken. Short courses have relatively small risk. ...Read more

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How fast to taper off methylprednisolone?

Ask your doctor: I depends on the dose you are currently taking and how long you have been taking it. Ask the doctor who prescribed it. ...Read more

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What is a Medrol (methylprednisolone) pack?

What is a Medrol (methylprednisolone) pack?

See details: It is usually a 6 day tapering course of a cortisone medication. ...Read more

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Methylprednisolone most serious side effects?

Methylprednisolone most serious side effects?

Side effects: There are several side effects listed for oral steroids. You can find these on the package insert. There are some points for you to be aware of: 1) don't stop the medication abruptly. 2) longterm use of steroids can cause serious problems like osteoporosis. You'll need to be monitored. 3) steroids can interfere with other medications. ...Read more

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Can Medrol (methylprednisolone) help with pulpitis?

Can Medrol (methylprednisolone) help with pulpitis?

Short-Term Only: Any pain medication or anti-inflammatory drug can help with the symptoms of pulpitis, just like any other painful condition. However, medications never address the cause of the tooth pain. That can only be done by your dentist, generally by getting inside the tooth & fixing whatever's wrong. Sometimes it can be fixed from outside the tooth too. You can't do it yourself, however, so see a dentist. ...Read more

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Can methylprednisolone cause intense sweet food cravings?

Can methylprednisolone cause intense sweet food cravings?

YES: Methylprednisolone (medrol) is a steroid used to treat inflammatory conditions. In general, Medrol (methylprednisolone) can cause weight gain. One mechanism for the weight gain is that it can cause cravings for many different types of food. ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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