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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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

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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)?

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

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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

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

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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?

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?

See an ENT: Specialist, they scope the nasal passages, sinuses openings and your throat, and more expert in dealing with such conditions. You may need other treatments / imaging studies. Meanwhile continue with the current treatment and the saline nasal washes, good luck ...Read more

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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???

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???

Lip swelling: Hello. Yes, ER visit if using Benadryl (diphenhydramine) without resolution. More importantly see an allergist and keep a daily journal. Keep your exposures and diet. Probably a food allergy. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Depends: If 40-60 mg of prednisone daily fails to help after 2-3 days, nasal steroid will not likely work. But still worth a try. Consult an allergist if problem persists. By the way, I recall having answered some of your questions recently. ...Read more

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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.

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

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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

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

Context: It matters a lot to know more about your condition. Do you have COPD and use oxygen on a chronic basis? Or is this an asthma attack and you're in a hospital receiving treatment? Do you have a pulmonary embolism? Do you suffer from heart failure? ...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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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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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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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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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?

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

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Can a medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack affect the chances of catching HIV after an exposure? Still negative but concerned since steroids lower the immune system.

Theoretically: Steroids can lower your immune resistance to infections, so we must always weigh the risks vs benefits when taking any medication. That being said, a Medellin dose pack is a fairly low dose steroid and only for a short duration so the risks are less. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take both a Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack and doxycycline safely together to treat a rash on your face?

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

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Is it okay to take Dextromethorphan while on virtussin AC? For persistent cough, dr gave me virtussin and medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack.

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

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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?

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?

Yes, most likely!: Both corticosteroids and testosterone type steroids can cause acne. The best remedy is to stop it or decrease dose. However, it is a local infection and Doxycycline is one better choice and inexpensive option. ...Read more

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Medrol (Definition)

Medrol is a corticosteroid which is a kind of ...Read more