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Can I cut the medrol dose pack in half? Ie... still take it every day as recommended yet cut each daily dose in half?
No: That low of a dose is unlikely to be effective. It also depends what you are taking it for. ...Read more
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
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
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
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?
Started taking Zoloft (sertraline) a few weeks ago having acne problems. Doctor gave me a medrol dose pack! Home remedies? When will I notice results? Itching!
Is it safe to take Medrol Dose pack for rhinitis medicamentosa after also being diagnosed with gastric ulcers via endoscopy? I am taking Dexilant (dexlansoprazole) DR.
Use nasal steroid: I would advise a course of potent nasal topical steroid spray, such as Nasonex, (mometasone) Rhinocort, Flonase, etc used scheduled twice per day for a month over systemic oral steroids (even for a short oral course). The topical steroid spray will be more effective and safer for gastric ulcer disease. Also abstain completely from Afrin (oxymetazoline) while on steroid spray treatment and avoid in future. ...Read more
Have neck pain for 16 days. Doctor gave me naprosyn (naproxen) but hasn't helped pain. Would a Medrol dose pack help or does it have same effect as naprosyn (naproxen)?
Different effect: A Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack is a steroid, that's a very potent anti-inflammatory. If naprosyn's not working, you need to find the cause of the problem. Best is to see an osteopathic physician, who can do a full osteopathic examination of your neck and spine, and provide treatment of your neck to reduce pain. She s/he will diagnose, and order additional tests and labs as needed. ...Read more
I'm currently on a medrol dose pack for the second time d/t a MVA about a month ago. I have a prickly/tingling sensation that goes down my left arm along with a achy feeling in my elbow that goes to my thumb & hand. It's going to be a month until I can se
It can be neck nerve: This can be a pinched nerve in the neck such as the 5th cervical nerve. You can discuss with your physicians about seeing a neurologist. In the meantime use a neck pillow to help the neck, consider seeing physical therapy about neck therapy and traction. We don't have information on the type of imaging you have and like an MRI. ...Read more
Nasal congestion and pressure for two weeks now (happened after having work done on house and cleaning) No drainage at all. Nasonex made me feel more congested after one use only. Doctor gave medrol dose pack 4mg 21 pills and still congested. Any idea?
I have had hives for 4 days, even during a Medrol dose pack (for knee steroid shot), taken 400 mg Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and they're back. Lip swelling - ER???
Rhinitis (swollen nasal passages). Oral steroids (medrol dose pack did not help much. Will nasal steroids not work then if oral ones did not help much?
Rec'd Medrol dose pack for asthma flare-up yesterday. Doses (24mg max) seem lower than what I've taken before (40mg prednisone). Is Medrol dose pack sufficient for asthma flare? Traveling soon so want to be sure I get right treatment before leaving.
See below: Medrol is methylprednisolone, which is dosed different than prednisone. It should be sufficient to control an asthma flare. However, it depends on your other meds and how severe the flare is. I would make sure you are doing a peak flow meter daily. Also, have you noticed a decrease in the amount of rescue inhalers you are using since being on the medrol? ...Read more
While on 2 ltrs of oxygen, my o 2 sats are 90.What is the treatment? Meds are flowvent 250, singulair, (montelukast) albuterol, atrovent, Medrol dose pack
Yes: These all have different mechanisms of action (treat different problems), and they are commonly used together. ...Read more
Finished medrol dose pack yesterday, have glucose & cholesterol test tomorrow for work, will the steroids affect my blood work?
Probably.: There will be a steroid effect from the Medrol dose pack that will probably last 7 to 10 days. Ask if you can postpone your testing. ...Read more
Not to often: This needs to be evaluated to clarify why the dosepacks are being given. ...Read more
3/yr: Really no limit but typically 3/yr.Get a more detailed answer ›
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?
Sometimes: It can help.Get a more detailed answer ›
Yes: Yes you can.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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
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
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
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
I've been diagnosed with pleurisy in the e.R. And by my g.P. I started a Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack yesterday. What can I do at home to ease the sternum pain?
I had a MRI and 24 hours later got hives large red hard dealt with them on my own for 2 weeks then took a Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack the day after they were gon?
Not due to MR? Dye: An mr will not cause this reaction. I'd a contrast media was used oral or injected it could be the cause if u needed sedation 2 get into the magnatron, it may be the culprit. ...Read more
I started a medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack for poison ivy yesterday. I took 4 of the 6 pills (I forgot the last 2 at bedtime because I fell asleep).what should I do?
Take them now: Take the 2 bedtime pills now and continue with the regular schedule. ...Read more
Is it ok to take both a Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack and doxycycline safely together to treat a rash on your face?
Depends on…: What the rash is. If acute acne flare, the 2 drugs may be used without interaction. (caution: do not take meds with grapefruit juice as that can cause an interaction). If you don't know what the rash is, see your pcp or a dermatologist before using the antibiotic. For ex, poison ivy rash is helped with Medrol (methylprednisolone) dosepak but antibiotic does no good; may create resistant bacteria. ...Read more
Is it okay to take Dextromethorphan while on virtussin AC? For persistent cough, dr gave me virtussin and medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack.
Usually can do that: Virtussin AC is like Robitussin AC, which is guaifenesin plus codeine. Adding a dose of dextromethorphan (DM) would be like taking the over-the-counter Robitussin DM (guaifenesin and dextromethorphan) plus a bit of prescription codeine. Of course, each patient is different, with various reasons for coughing. That means one should ask his own doctor about what to do when a cough won't go away, or recurs, or worsens. ...Read more
I just got off of a Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack and have broken out badly all over my face, neck, chest, and back. Will taking doxycycline help?
Went to doctor and was told I have Asthmatic Bronchitis caused by breathing chemical fumes. Could this be cured by itself or take Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack.
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