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Dexamethasone Sodium Phosphate (Definition)

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Is it okay to take plain sudafed with methylpredisolne dose pack?

Is it okay to take plain sudafed with methylpredisolne dose pack?

Carefully, sure: Methylprednisolone is a "cortico-steroid", which some people can find stimulating, or have trouble sleeping while they are taking the pills. If you have that issue with the steroid dose pack, you may want to avoid the sudafed for a few day since it is also a stimulant, and the combination may make you feel shaky and nervous. But there is no dangerous interaction for otherwise healthy young people. ...Read more

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Can you take a Medrol dose pack every month because of the taper?

Can you take a Medrol dose pack every month because of the taper?

Medrol: There is no reason not to take a steroid pack every month IF THERe IS medical indication for prescribing that. However steroids taken too frequently and with out proper indications can lead to complications ...Read more

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When can I start stretching exercises to help my sciatica? I just started a steroid dose pack.

When can I start stretching exercises to help my sciatica? I just started a steroid dose pack.

Anytime: However, be aware that it might hurt to do the exercises. General rule should be if you continue to hurt more AFTER completing the exercises then you may want to wait until you feel abit better to start those. ...Read more

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I was prescribed a methylprendisolone dose pack (6 days, 21 4mg tablets) for tendonitis. I'm worried about weight gain. Is that likely in a short time?

Prednisone with wt I: Cortisone is used to rapidly reduce inflammation in an attempt to gain relief of sharp pain. Thus it is meant to be only a short duration medication and should not cause any more than a temporary weight increase, ...Read more

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How often could a Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack be taken for pain?

How often could a Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack be taken for pain?

Not to often: This needs to be evaluated to clarify why the dosepacks are being given. ...Read more

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I was prescribed a Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack I took the first three pills and then stopped it. And never finished it. Can I start were I stopped?

I was prescribed a Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack I took the first three pills and then stopped it. And never finished it. Can I start were I stopped?

Do you still need it: A medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack is a steroid medication and is set up so you take higher doses of steroids first and then take decreasing doses to wean you off the steroids. If you still need the medication you may need to start it again. All the best. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have high amounts of energy and hunger while on a medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack?

Is it normal to have high amounts of energy and hunger while on a medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack?

Yes: Absolutely. The medication has a variety of effects. Other people noticed increased alertness, even possibly irritability. In addition to having anti-inflammatory properties - which it looks like is the reason you're taking the medication - one of the other things this drug clas does is mimic and stimulate the body's fight or flight response. And that is consistent with what you're noticing now. ...Read more

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

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

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! ...Read more

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I have anxiety and severe mood swings from a mederol dose pack. I was told I could try 2.5 mg of Valium it worked. How often should I take?

I have anxiety and severe mood swings from a mederol dose pack. I was told I could try 2.5 mg of Valium it worked. How often should I take?

Ask your doctor: If your doctor has prescribed valium for this problem, there should be instructions on the bottle's label that answer your question. If not clear about what your doctor prescribed, you can also contact him/her and ask. It's unusual to have "severe" mood swings from a Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack alone, unless you may also have some mood instability which needs its own treatment. Please talk w/your own doc. ...Read more

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Do most doctors prescribe a medrol dose pack for sciatica pain?

Do most doctors prescribe a medrol dose pack for sciatica pain?

Sciatica pain: Is quite often treated successfully with steroid taper, most often using prednisone or methylprednisolone such as Medrol. Kenalog (triamcinolone) can also be given as an IM injection or Depo-Medrol as well. ...Read more

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Can medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack cause an increase in your white cell count?

Can medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack cause an increase in your white cell count?

Yes, when starting: On starting the drug, a lot of what accounts for this effect is an increase in the number of *measured* white cells. I stress measured because there are a higher number of cells that enter into circulation - but not a higher number over - caused by the start of Medrol (methylprednisolone) and doses like it. That can sometimes lead to confusion - like believing there's an infection when one does not exist. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms to look for after finishing the Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack for lupus?

What are the symptoms to look for after finishing the Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack for lupus?

Decrease in symptoms: The me drool dose pack may too quick for lupus which may require low dose chronic use. ...Read more

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How often is safe to use a Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack? I have horrendous migraines and can't take a lot of meds for various reasons;medrol helps. Been 7wks--ok?

How often is safe to use a Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack? I have horrendous migraines and can't take a lot of meds for various reasons;medrol helps. Been 7wks--ok?

Be careful: To much steroid over too long a time is not good for you (thus your question). I would personally limit it to no more than once every 12 weeks. ...Read more

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Is it ok to be put on the medrol dose pack more then twice? It seems to help for the time & then once finished my pain is back where it started. I'm awaiting my appointment with pain management. I was going to see if my PCP would prescribe another medrol

Is it ok to be put on the medrol dose pack more then twice? It seems to help for the time & then once finished my pain is back where it started. I'm awaiting my appointment with pain management. I was going to see if my PCP would prescribe another medrol

Medrol (methylprednisolone) D pack limits: Hello. Can't keep taking Medrol (methylprednisolone) Dose packs back to back. Oral steroids are not without risks (diabetes, osteoporosis, weight gain, glaucoma, cataracts, fluid retention, depressed metabolism, mood swings, etc.). Your upcoming visit with pain management should help you manage these back pain attacks with treatments which will cause you the least amount of harm for BOTH the short and long term. ...Read more

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Can you take Mucinex (guaifenesin) while on both amoxicillin and Medrol dose pack?

Can you take Mucinex (guaifenesin) while on both amoxicillin and Medrol dose pack?

Yes: These all have different mechanisms of action (treat different problems), and they are commonly used together. ...Read more

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Is it fine to drink a liquor such as whiskey while on a 6 day dose pack of methylprednisolone?

Is it fine to drink a liquor such as whiskey while on a 6 day dose pack of methylprednisolone?

Drug interactions: Taking oral steroid and alcohol at the same time should bit cause you any major problems. The one potential issue if that both drugs can irritate the stomach and together result in gastritis or esophagitis. That is not nearly so much of a problem if you cut out the alcohol. ...Read more

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I'm on 4mg Methylprednisolone dose pack for bronchitis... now I have a horrible toothache - what pain killer can I use if on this?

Acetaminophen: Is better choice, avoid ibuprofen or any NSAID, while on Medrol, (methylprednisolone) both can increase stomach irritation and other problems, good luck ...Read more

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Will a medrol dose pack help with congestion in the ears and sinuses?

Will a medrol dose pack help with congestion in the ears and sinuses?

ItMayIfDueToAllergy: It will only help if the congestion is due to Allergy. But it has to be prescribed by a doctor. You can try over the counter decongestants like sudafed for congestion as long as you don't suffer from Hypertension.If you suffer from seasonal Allergies you can take combination pills like ClaritinD 24 hours or another brand once a day for allergy and congestion for quick symptoms relief ...Read more

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I'm on methylprednisolone 4mg dose pack cuz im having trouble breathing but wen I went to the e.R. He asked if I wake up sweting and I do is this bad?

I'm on methylprednisolone 4mg dose pack cuz im having trouble breathing but wen I went to the e.R. He asked if I wake up sweting and I do is this bad?

Sleep & breathing: Often times sweating is a catecholamine surge response this can happen for a few reasons they may have asked you. One is that when asthma/airway obstruction is bad, it typically starts affecting you at night when oxygen levels may be low --> this causes surge. Also he may have been asking about infection (fever) symptoms. Steroids can sometimes worsen infection. ...Read more

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Inflammation inner ear giving 6 day 4mg medrol dose pack took 4 of 6 first day and stopped bad side effects will I be ok stopping early been28 hours?

Inflammation inner ear giving 6 day 4mg medrol dose pack took 4 of 6 first day and stopped bad side effects will I be ok stopping early been28 hours?

Call doctor: High dose of steroid may induce side effects (insomnia, GI upset, anxiety etc). The question is whether without it you may end up with permanent damages. Thus you need to contact the doctor to tell him about the side effects and see if there may be alternatives. ...Read more

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Why does Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack cause me such bad pain. I am in so much pain I can hardly walk or stand? How do I get rid of the pain?

Not Medrol (methylprednisolone): That would relieve almost any pain for which it was prescribed. You should consult the provider who prescribed the dose pack as to whether you need to continue it in the setting of this pain. You should also not take aspirin while taking Medrol (methylprednisolone). Try some antacid for the pain (assuming it's abdominal) while consulting your doctor. ...Read more

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Taking methylprednisolone 4mg dose pack for two days. My stomach has been hurting bad since taking it. Is this normal? Never had problem w/ it before.

Taking methylprednisolone 4mg dose pack for two days. My stomach has been hurting bad since taking it. Is this normal? Never had problem w/ it before.

Prednisone/stomach: Prednisone is known to cause stomach pain, gastritis and even ulcers long term. It may unmask/exacerbate H pylori infection. Sometimes it is taken with food or with ranitidine/omeprazole to avoid the pain/gastritis. Would call your doctor and ask how to proceed. ...Read more

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Decadron (Definition)

Decadron is an ocular antibiotic-corticosteroid combination which is a ...Read more