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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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Er for poison ivy, gave shot Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and methylpred. Told to take the Medrol dose pk 4mg. How long does shot stay in system or began to work?

Er for poison ivy, gave shot Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and methylpred. Told to take the Medrol dose pk 4mg. How long does shot stay in system or began to work?

See details: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) may help the itching but generally has modest effect as a single dose. The steroid dose pack should help more although a 6 day course may not be long enough. ...Read more

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Poison ivy in eyes, givenshots methylpred & benedryal at er. 4mg Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pk to take & benedryal for itch. How long for shot methylpred work & last?

Poison ivy in eyes, givenshots methylpred & benedryal at er. 4mg Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pk to take & benedryal for itch. How long for shot methylpred work & last?

Poison Ivy: You should get some relief in a couple of hoursm feel sorry for you, this must be aweful, follow medications directions carefully. ...Read more

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Can I consume beer while taking medrol dos Pac for poison ivy?

Can I consume beer while taking medrol dos Pac for poison ivy?

In moderation.: You may drink in moderation (i.e., 1-2 drinks per day) while taking Medrol. However, Medrol’s side effects include stomach irritation. Heavy drinking also irritates the stomach lining, so keeping your drinking light can help you to avoid stomach problems. At the first hint of stomach upset, give the drinking a rest for the rest of your DosePak therapy. ...Read more

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Is it okay to drink 40 ounces of beer while on methylprednisolone for poison Ivy?

Hold off: Because medrol can cause stomach upset, I would hold off on beer or other alcohol so stomach problems don't occur or are made worse by the combination of the drug and alcohol. Alcohol could affect the effectiveness of the medrol. Good luck ...Read more

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I have a prescription from 2009 for methylprednisolone 4 mg DSPK for poison ivy summack is this still good to use?

Older meds: If it is still in the packaging from the factory it is likely still good. HOWEVER - how it was stored (heat, moisture and time) all affect the potency of medications. In a pinch I would use it - at the very least if its lost its potency - you may need a second course. If there is a strong odor or the pills have disintegrated - time for new pills. Good Luck ...Read more

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Could 2 consecutive doses of prednisone (for poison ivy - got it twice) and having a fever from flu cause sperm count to be lower?

Could 2 consecutive doses of prednisone (for poison ivy - got it twice) and having a fever from flu cause sperm count to be lower?

Not so simple: Maybe fever or prednisone will reduce sperm count a little. But prednisone is also used to enhance fertility in case of anti-sperm antibodies. For treatment of ivy allergy, topical therapy with potent creams is preferred. If oral prednisone is needed, 2 or 3 doses, never 2 days in a row, entire dose in AM, is most effective. ...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 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 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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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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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

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Medrol (Definition)

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