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Does the methylprednisolone dosepak take away the pain of a herniated disk?

Does the methylprednisolone dosepak take away the pain of a herniated disk?

Prednisone for pain: Prednisone is a temporary solution to help with an acute flare of your back pain. Some people who have herniated disk do not have pain and others have it chronically. When there is a flare or a worsening of pain, this can help but will not permanently make the pain go away. ...Read more

Dr. Marc Lorber
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Methylprednisolone (Definition)

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, ...Read more


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What are the side effects of Medrol (methylprednisolone) pack? Does it work to take care of inflammation in the low back due to a herniated disk? Please help

What are the side effects of Medrol (methylprednisolone) pack? Does it work to take care of inflammation in the low back due to a herniated disk? Please help

Potentially: A Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack is basically a regimen of oral steroids, usually taken for anywhere from a 6-15 day course. Steroids are very potent anti-inflammatories and so can help inflammatory conditions such as a radiculopathy secondary to a herniated disc. The effectiveness and also the time they last vary tremendously. Steroids can cause multiple, severe side effects but usually more in chronic use. ...Read more

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Is it possible/safe to take a Medrol (methylprednisolone) dosepak while on androgel/testosterone replacement?

Is it possible/safe to take a Medrol (methylprednisolone) dosepak while on androgel/testosterone replacement?

Watch Blood Pressure: Yes it is generally safe, just watch your blood pressure. Injectable testosterone would carry a higher risk of increase blood pressure. Topical gels should not. ...Read more

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I take 20 mg methadone daily x 5yrs. (For Past vicodin dependence) Is it safe to take Medrol (methylprednisolone) 4G dospak for ITCHY rash on leg.

I take 20 mg methadone daily x 5yrs. (For Past vicodin dependence) Is it safe to take Medrol (methylprednisolone) 4G dospak for ITCHY rash on leg.

Be aware: Medrol(methylprednisolone) can affect the liver in such a way that your methadone may not be as potent — it has to do with how methadone is metabolized by your body. Just something to be aware of. ...Read more

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Medrol (methylprednisolone) dosepak helpful for my skin condition?

Medrol (methylprednisolone) dosepak helpful for my skin condition?

Maybe: Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose paks are steroid tapers that ate helpful for inflammatory dermatoses, however, only your physician can determine of its right for your rash. Giving a Medrol (methylprednisolone) pak to someone with an infectious cause can make the rash worse! ...Read more

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I'm on Medrol (methylprednisolone) dosepak for MS relapses. 4mg tablets, 6pills days 1, taper down 1 pill each day. How soon can I expect this to start working?

See details: It depends on the severity of the flares. A short course such as a dosepack may not help at all. If it helps you should see benefit in the first 2-3 days. ...Read more

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Can the Medrol (methylprednisolone) dosepak be used for a swollen ankle and foot?

Can the Medrol (methylprednisolone) dosepak be used for a swollen ankle and foot?

Yes...: Provided it is prescribed by your doctor. It is importand to find out the cause of the swelling before initiating treatment. See a podiatrist. ...Read more

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Stopping Medrol (methylprednisolone) dosepak after 1 day? Is that ok?

No: Should be no long-lasting deleterious effects but the wisest course of action is to take it as directed. ...Read more

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Medrol (methylprednisolone) dosepak; can it be used if your ankle swells?

Medrol (methylprednisolone) dosepak; can it be used if your ankle swells?

Not long term: While a Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack can reduce inflammation in the short term, it would be important to determine the underlying cause of the ankle swelling for long term relief. ...Read more

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I'm on 6 day Medrol (methylprednisolone) dosepak for an MS relapse. How soon can I expect the steroids to start working?

I'm on 6 day Medrol (methylprednisolone) dosepak for an MS relapse. How soon can I expect the steroids to start working?

How are you taking?: I am curious to know how many miligrams you are taking daily for your MS relapse and how long your therapy will be. I say this because ideally you should feel some sort of relief by the end of the week. The dosepak tablets are 4mg and I do not think this would be strong enough for MS, unless you were prescribed Medrol (methylprednisolone) which can go up to 32mg tablets. See your doctor if no relief soon. ...Read more

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I know that Medrol (methylprednisolone) dosepak is a steroid, will it have side effect retaining water or bloating?

Steroids: Steroids use may cause sodium retention and swellings. In high doses of cortisone patient may develop high blood pressure. Medrol (methylprednisolone) dosepack rarely gives elevated blood pressure. ...Read more

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Woke this morning with severe eyelid and facial swelling. Went to ER and started Medrol (methylprednisolone) dosepak; why for?

Woke this morning with severe eyelid and facial swelling. Went to ER and started Medrol (methylprednisolone) dosepak; why for?

Medrol (methylprednisolone) Dosepak: Although it is difficult to answer you specifically without seeing you and know more details, Medrol (methylprednisolone) dosepaks are generally prescribed to reduce inflammation and swelling. Methylprednisolone is the active agent and it is a corticosteroid. Your physician may have thought the swelling was from allergy, or inflammation from a virus. For infection, you also need an antibiotic. ...Read more

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I am having severe incapacitating pain in my hip and down the front of my leg. ER doc said sciatica? Prescribed medrol (methylprednisolone) dosepak. Will this help

Likely to help but: You need to find a long term solution since steroids are risky over time. Consult a Dr, a physical therapist or chiropractor for exercise/Tx plan. Many things may help. Correct shoes, sitting posture, mattress, proper weight, strength, etc. Accupuncture/pressure — all can work! ...Read more

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Methylprednisolone 4MG Dospak 21s were prescribed for double ear infection for a period of 6 days. Is my immune system lowered with this small dosage?

Methylprednisolone 4MG Dospak 21s were prescribed for double ear infection for a period of 6 days. Is my immune system lowered with this small dosage?

Unlikely: It takes a much higher dose of cortisone for a much longer duration to impact the immune system clinically although steroid has been found to cause increased breakdown of immunoglobulins. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take for an epidural steroid injection to alleviate the pain of a herniated disk?

Steroid injection: It usually takes a few days for the steroid to be effective. There is a wide variation on the response to this injection & symptom relief. The duration of relief also varies. ...Read more

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How can I best take care of a herniated disk?

How can I best take care of a herniated disk?

Many: As long as there is no neurological damage (numbness or weakness or bowel/bladder dysfunction), then you can start with daily stretching and core strengthening exercises. Pt or chiropractic care can help. Cortisone injections are popular. Surgery if all else fails. ...Read more

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What is the best non-narcotic pain med. To take for herniated disk? My doc says only a narcotic will help but I refuse to take any cause I'm an x-addict

What is the best non-narcotic pain med. To take for herniated disk? My doc says only a narcotic will help but I refuse to take any cause I'm an x-addict

NSAIDs: I understand your trepidation. You may want to discuss nsaids with your physician. Thee are drugs like Ibuprofen and naproxen. Of course like all drugs they are not without side effects like GI ulcers, rectal bleeding. Etc. Talk it over with your physician. ...Read more

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How long will it take to heal from a herniated disk?

How long will it take to heal from a herniated disk?

75% in 2-12 weeks: 90% of disc herniations are treated without surgery. Most get better within 12 weeks. This is why 12 weeks of non op care is recommended as most will get better or be improving during this time period. The next 15% take longer and 10% are treated by surgery. There is a 5% recurrence rate with or without surgery of another disc or same disc herniating. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take for an epidural steroid injection to alleviate a herniated disk to take effect?

Steroid injection: The steroid injection takes a few days to be effective. The level of relief depends on the severity of your conditions. The duration also varies. ...Read more

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I have a herniated disk in my lower back what precautions should I take being pregnant and having a 1-year-old?

Don't sit too much: Sitting too much or laying down too much isn't healthy overall, and isn't healthy for your back. See a physical therapist. ...Read more

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For how long does it usually take for an epidural steroid injection to alleviate a herniated disk to take effect?

For how long does it usually take for an epidural steroid injection to alleviate a herniated disk to take effect?

Tricky: An epidural steroid injection may provide immediate relief just after the procedure if a numbing medication is mixed with the steroid; this will wear off in 3-4 hours typically. The steroid takes 2-4 days to kick in, but some people don't notice it for over a week.

You may get partial relief or it may be excellent, but come right back and another epidural may be needed. ...Read more

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I recently had a herniated disk repaired, can I take my percocet, and valium with my previously perscribed tizanidine?

I recently had a herniated disk repaired, can I take my percocet, and valium with my previously perscribed tizanidine?

Surgeon: Speak with your surgeon. The percocet and valium should be quite sufficient in most cases. I tend to recommend minimizing narcotic usage to under a week for this procedure. Make sure you follow the surgeon's post-op protocols. ...Read more

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I took a 7.5 mg meloxicam for a herniated disk at 8 am and another at 8:30 pm I now have a migraine can I take 2 excedrine migra ins?

I took a 7.5 mg meloxicam for a herniated disk at 8 am and another at 8:30 pm I now have a migraine can I take 2 excedrine migra ins?

Yes: On a short term basis, thus amount of nsaid will not harm a healthy person. If you are on blood thinners or, had a history of ulcer or heart condition, then you should, not be on meloxicam either. Thentherapeutic dose of meloxicam is really 15mg for hnp. ...Read more

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How long does take to recover from a herniated disk?

How long does take to recover from a herniated disk?

Varies: It is highly variable. I have seen people recover in as little as a couple of months to some who take over a year to recover. There is really no way of predicting with any accuracy. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Bulging Disk (Definition)

Wear and tear can cause degeneration in the vertebral column, and cause discs to deteriorate. The supportive basket, nucleus fibrosis develops small tears. A bulge is minimal perhaps a few millimeters, and is clinically insignificant, but additional disc displacement such as protrusion or herniation may compress ...Read more


Dr. Edward Hellman
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Lumbar (Low Back) Herniated Disk (Definition)

A herniated disk is a medical condition in which the gel like disk between the bones of the spine squeezes out of its center position. ...Read more