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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

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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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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I was perscribed a 6 day dose pack of Medrol for a cough and sinus pressure. Is this sufficient? Should I take additional cold medication like dayquil

I was perscribed a 6 day dose pack of Medrol for a cough and sinus pressure. Is this sufficient? Should I take additional cold medication like dayquil

Medrol and sinus: I was perscribed a 6 day dose pack of Medrol for a cough and sinus pressure. Is this sufficient? Should I take additional cold medication like dayquil ANS: strange thing to give for sinus. I would ask the medical professional who gave it to you. ...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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Sore throat. Rapid strep neg. Culture pend. I am eating popsicles, drinking herbal tea, pushing fluids and resting. Md put me on Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack. Is elderberry good? How do u take it?

Sore throat. Rapid strep neg. Culture pend. I am eating popsicles, drinking herbal tea, pushing fluids and resting. Md put me on Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack. Is elderberry good? How do u take it?

Information Scanty..: It's hard to know exactly which compounds in plants have effector activity. Moreover, each individual may have unique sensitivities and responses to naturally occurring herbs and plants. Creating elderberry tea is popular but hard evidence for its efficacy is scarce. Hope you feel better soon! ...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 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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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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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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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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What is the Difference? Depo-Medro& a Medrol pack? It's a life&death question. DepoMedrol (methylprednisolone) causes me2have seizures. The dose pack I have had before.

What is the Difference? Depo-Medro& a Medrol pack? It's a life&death question. DepoMedrol (methylprednisolone) causes me2have seizures. The dose pack I have had before.

Difficult situation: Lamictal was prescribed for seizures I can presume? It takes a long time to titrate this medication to a level that will cover for this. Steroids of any type should be used with great caution, especially in your situation. The difference is how the solumedrol (methylprednisolone) is administered essentially. Might want to get a second opinion with regard to pain management if you are having trepidation. ...Read more

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Medrol (Definition)

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