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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 is used to treat a variety of acute and chronic inflammatory conditions such as asthma, gout, and rheumatoid arthritis. Medrol like other steroids have many side effects especially if used long term. Common ones: weight gain, ...Read more


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

Can a medrol 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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Does fibromyalgia respond to steroids, like the Medrol dose pack?

Does fibromyalgia respond to steroids, like the Medrol dose pack?

No.: Fibromyagia is not an inflammatory disease. If it helps, you may have another diagnosis, another type of arthritis. Half my pfs patients ultimately are found to have another problem. ...Read more

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I was prescribed a Medrol 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 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 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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How often is safe to use a Medrol 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 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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What is the Difference? Depo-Medro& a Medrol pack? It's a life&death question. DepoMedrol 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 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 is administered essentially. Might want to get a second opinion with regard to pain management if you are having trepidation. ...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 D pack limits: Hello. Can't keep taking Medrol 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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I just got off of a Medrol 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 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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Have neck pain for 16 days. Doctor gave me naprosyn but hasn't helped pain. Would a Medrol dose pack help or does it have same effect as naprosyn?

Have neck pain for 16 days. Doctor gave me naprosyn but hasn't helped pain. Would a Medrol dose pack help or does it have same effect as naprosyn?

Different effect : A Medrol 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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Dr. Gregg Albers
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Steroids (Definition)

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Dr. Katharine Cox
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Medrol (Definition)

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