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Doctor insights on: Medrol Dose Pack Steroid

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

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

Does fibromyalgia respond to steroids, like the Medrol (methylprednisolone) 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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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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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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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

Dr. Gregg Albers
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Steroids (Definition)

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Dr. Patricia Foster
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Medrol (Definition)

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