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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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Dr thought I had hives, put on prednisone 50mg 9 days now, then taper off. Turns out its bed bug bites. Can I stop taking the prednisone now or taper?

Dr thought I had hives, put on prednisone 50mg 9 days now, then taper off. Turns out its bed bug bites. Can I stop taking the prednisone now or taper?

Here is the issue: You are under another doctor's care. Once I direct you how to discontinue this medication, I have now interfered with the care you are receiving. I know what the answer is, but this site is for general medical education. I believe it would not be ethical for me to give you information, that would enable your medical provider to be by-passed. ...Read more

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They stop me cold turkey on my klonopin (clonazepam) and put me on Depakote for a month had horrible racing thought back on klonopin (clonazepam) they are slowly going away?

They stop me cold turkey on my klonopin (clonazepam) and put me on Depakote for a month had horrible racing thought back on klonopin (clonazepam) they are slowly going away?

If you were having: Tachycardia or palpitations that we're causing you anxiety can feel "fixed" by klonapin; however after daily use, you can get rebound anxiety, which makes symptoms worse. If you haven't had a tilt-table test to rule out postural orthostatic tachycardic syndrome, you might ask your cardiologist. The inderal, (propranolol) in the meantime can help slow your heart rate. Also get a thyroid panel done. ...Read more

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Off celexa (citalopram) for 45days now. Was on it for 6months. Didn't stop cold turkey. Tamp slowly. Still getting neaseous & shocks. When will this stop?

Off celexa (citalopram) for 45days now. Was on it for 6months. Didn't stop cold turkey. Tamp slowly.  Still getting neaseous & shocks. When will this stop?

Usually Two Weeks: Two weeks would be a normal maximum time for withdrawal. Symptoms you are experiencing now are more likely from an underlying condition. ...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 you get bad headaches from prednisone? Im on a taper pack

Can you get bad headaches from prednisone? Im on a taper pack

Yes: This is especially true with the higher doses. Prednisone can cause headaches by increasing blood pressure or by causing a condition known as pseudotumor cerebri. The headaches resolves after the med is stopped. ...Read more

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Will colitis flare up stop me from going on my vacation?

Will colitis flare up stop me from going on my vacation?

Depends: You need to discuss an optimal regimen with your managing doctor. If your vacation is a continuous search for the nearest bathroom, you will be frustrated and angry (not good for colitis). Hopefully you can find a combination of medications which will allow lengthy intervals between bathroom trips. ...Read more

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Been on clonidine for 5 days to help off morphine. Do i wean off clonidine or just stop?

Been on clonidine for 5 days to help off morphine. Do i wean off clonidine or just stop?

Wean: Stopping Clonidine abruptly can result in "rebound hypertension" which means blood pressure can shoot up very high. Clonidine should always be tapered under a doctor's supervision. ...Read more

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Can you come off Valium after taking it for 39 years without weaning off it. Thanks?

Can you come off Valium after taking it for 39 years without weaning off it. Thanks?

Withdrawal: It is never a safe idea to abruptly stop a benzodiazepine like Valium, especially after prolonged use, as there is a risk of withdrawal symptoms that can be very severe (seizures, for example). Talk to your prescribing doctor and set up a plan to safely wean off the medicine with his/her supervision to ensure your safety. ...Read more

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I am going cold turkey off clozapine, suggestions?

Yes: Don't do it. Please work with your prescribing provider to safely come off this medication. ...Read more

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My psychiatrist just took me off my Lexapro (escitalopram) 5mg 1xper day due to im very off balance from it.How long until this off balance thing stops?

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My psychiatrist just took me off my Lexapro (escitalopram) 5mg 1xper day due to im very off balance from it.How long until this off balance thing stops?

Lexapro (escitalopram): Depends on how long u bee on it, but at that low dose, doubt it would be more than a week. By the way, what was it prescribed for?. ...Read more

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Could i go on disability to come off suboxone?

Could i go on disability to come off suboxone?

Disability Suboxone: Disability is a medical -legal process. Anyone can apply for disability . If you have a sore thumb you can apply for disability that doesn't mean you're going to get it. If you're having trouble getting off suboxone it's a matter of excepting that it can be a very long process of going down very slowly on the dose and in the end you should have no problem. That may mean a year to 18 months. ...Read more

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Am going to finish my 6month therapy of cipralex 10 mg and I should tapering my drug down to prevent the withdrawal symptoms ... How I taper Down ??

Am going to finish my 6month therapy of cipralex 10 mg and I should tapering my drug  down to prevent the withdrawal symptoms ... How I 
taper Down ??

Hope you're better: OK. It's best to work w/ a Dr on the taper. That said, if you absolutely can't - as slow as possible is safest. Some say a drop of 10%/mth is great. With liquid cipralex you can do that. Otherwise, breaking tablets is ok but not easy. Best w/ help - Dr - or druggist - or as slow as you can. Glad it was short. Hope it was sweet! ...Read more

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Cousin went off of anxiety meds and gained 15lbs in the weaning process. I start weaning off Lexapro (escitalopram) July 10th. Will this happen to me also?

Cousin went off of anxiety meds and gained 15lbs in the weaning process. I start weaning off Lexapro (escitalopram) July 10th. Will this happen to me also?

Lexapro (escitalopram): Not necessarily because no two people respond the same way. But if worried about weight then would be proactive by eating balanced healthy meals and incorporating a regular exercise regimen. ...Read more

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How long until propranolol fully work on me how long untol my side effects go away getting dizziness feeling drugged only just started on propranolol ?

How long until propranolol fully work on me how long untol my side effects go away getting dizziness feeling drugged only just started on propranolol ?

Without knowing what: you are being treated for or the dose of Propranolol you are taking it is impossible to advise you with regard to your questions. Obviously your health care provider who prescribed the propranolol knows all of the pertinent information as well as your health history. This is a question that should be directed toward him/her. Make the call tomorrow before the weekend delays your management. ...Read more

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Hands broke out from generic plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine). Was put on prednisone 5mg dr says he will ween me off pred. Put me on name brand plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine). Is that normal?

Hands broke out from generic plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine). Was put on prednisone 5mg dr says he will ween me off pred. Put me on name brand plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine). Is that normal?

Do not take it: Allergic reactions to generic meds almost always means you are allergic to the brand name as well. In addition, the next reaction is likely to be much more severe than the initial one. Do not take it. This is a rheumatologist telling you. ...Read more

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Im 8 days off suboxone. I have an endoscopy tomorrow and will be put under using opiates. Could 1exposure to opiates send me back into withdrawals?

Im 8 days off suboxone. I have an endoscopy tomorrow and will be put under using opiates. Could 1exposure to opiates send me back into withdrawals?

Highly unlikely: Highly unlikely. Never say never – but highly unlikely. Also: you can usually negotiate with your anesthesiologist whether to have opiates or not. ...Read more

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Medrol (Definition)

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