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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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Took amoxicillin 875 mg 3 tid for 6 days then dr changed to augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) 875 mg 2 time/day for 5 days and Medrol dose pak. Can these cause constipation?

Took amoxicillin 875 mg 3 tid for 6 days then dr changed to augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) 875 mg  2 time/day for 5 days and Medrol dose pak. Can these cause constipation?

Not likely . . .: Antibiotics typically lead to diarrhea rather than constipation as they tend to alter the balance of gut bacteria. Clostridium difficile colitis is a classic response. Augment is also well known for causing diarrhea, much more so than just plain amoxicillin. If you've noticed constipation, look for changes in diet, hydration, activity, etc. Also meds like Diphenhydramine can cause constipation. ...Read more

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Will I gain weight from the Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pak?

Will I gain weight from the Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pak?

No: Although Medrol dose pack is a steroid (methylprednisolone) and has 21 tablets, it is only taken for a finite time and is unlikely to have you gain weight. Patients who take steroids chronically (long continuous duration) are at risk for gaining weight and to have other side effects. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with plantar faciitis(2.5 months). My podiatrist gave Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pak. Is this short term or long term relief? Any side effects?

I have been diagnosed with plantar faciitis(2.5 months). My podiatrist gave Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pak. Is this short term or long term relief? Any side effects?

Hopefully, long term: But there is no guarantee at all. In addition, there should be other treatments like an arch support, stretching an ice. I don't think as a stand alone treatment that would be successful. Sure, side effects are a possibility.......As there are with any drug.. ...Read more

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Is Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pak an appropriate treatment for viral exanthems?

Is Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pak an appropriate treatment for viral exanthems?

Depends: Your immune system is what will cure you in these infections and the steroid suppresses its function.While it may be appropriate to do that in some cases where the patient is miserable, it is far from being accepted as a treatment of choice in most. ...Read more

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Can glaucoma suspect take medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pak? Taking for chronic sinusitis and eat bulging. Eyes feel painful.

Can glaucoma suspect take medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pak? Taking for chronic sinusitis and eat bulging. Eyes feel painful.

See your ophthalmologist: ASAP or go to ER if you're a glaucoma suspect and have any eye problem, you can hold the medrol (methylprednisolone) pack for now till evaluated, good luck ...Read more

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Took 3 medrol instead of 2 just started dose was suppose to take 2 three times a day?

Took 3 medrol instead of 2 just started dose was suppose to take 2 three times a day?

No worries: If a person is supposed to take 2 pills 3 times a day, and instead takes 3 pills, then 1 pill, then 2 pills, that should be ok. Taking 3, then 2, then 1, should be ok also. Her total dose for that day would still equal 6 pills. ...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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What will happen to me if i drop daily dose of 24mg to 0mg suddenly without proper tapering while taking medrol (methylprednisolone)?

What will happen to me if i drop daily dose of 24mg to 0mg suddenly without proper tapering while taking medrol (methylprednisolone)?

Depends: The tapering of steroids like Medrol (methylprednisolone) is necessary when itwas being taken for a long period and high doses. Abrupt cessation after such a scenario can compromise your kidneys among other things. A short course can generally forego tapering but only on the recommendation of your physician. ...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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Finished day 1 of Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pk. My resting hr is now 109 while sitting. Normal side effct? Should i worry? Continue using it tomorrow?

Finished day 1 of Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pk. My resting hr is now 109 while sitting. Normal side effct? Should i worry? Continue using it tomorrow?

Probably ok: Sometimes your heart rate can go up a bit from Medrol (methylprednisolone) or prednisone. We must also take into account why you were prescribed the Medrol (methylprednisolone) in the first place. Sometimes it's used to treat an asthma flare for example. The heart rate may be up as a response to the lung process. Ok to continue but let your prescribing doctor know. ...Read more

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My migraines & chronic inflammation felt much better on Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pk. Will the positive effects wear off as soon as the med is finished?

My migraines & chronic inflammation felt much better on Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pk. Will the positive effects wear off as soon as the med is finished?

Nonspecific response: Do you have a diagnosis of why you have "chronic inflammation"? Regardless, steroids are nonspecific and can quell both migraines and inflammation temporarily, but not permanent problem for most conditions. Besides, plenty of successful therapies out there to stop migraine headaches, did anyone suggest seeing a neurologist? ...Read more

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My MS is relapsing. Neuro precribed a medrol (methylprednisolone) pak. Pharmacy didn't have it in stock. Won't start until morning. What if it gets worse before morning?

Prescription: If you have a prescription, go to a different pharmacy. Otherwise request your doctor to call-in or send your prescription to a new pharmacy. If unavailable, try a consult through healthtap. We can help. ...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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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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Medrol Dose 4mg gave extremely high blood pressure. I took last pill Monday. I still have HBP & HR elevated. When will these side effects go away?

Medrol Dose 4mg gave extremely high blood pressure. I took last pill Monday. I still have HBP & HR elevated. When will these side effects go away?

It may take a: few weeks for the full effects to diminish. If you still have high readings after a month you should alert your health care provider and be reevaluated. ...Read more

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Placed on high dose Lasix for z2 weeks following Medrol (methylprednisolone) reaction. Went off lasix, up 7 lbs. what is going on $& for approx how long?

Placed on high dose Lasix for z2 weeks following Medrol (methylprednisolone) reaction. Went off lasix, up 7 lbs. what is going on $& for approx how long?

Fluid status: It sounds like you need a really good workup by a good internist perhaps. There are so many things that I do not know about you or what is going on. What you are describing does not sound at all normal to me. ...Read more

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I am a healthtap premium subscriber. I am on spring break with my family and having back issues. I am requesting a medrol (methylprednisolone) pak prescription ?

I am a healthtap premium subscriber. I am on spring break with my family and having back issues. I am requesting a medrol (methylprednisolone) pak prescription ?

Would gladly help: If you are outside of Texas, find a pharmacy that would take my prescription from Texas. Most pharmacies will. You will need to do at least an Inbox Consult. You do this like you are going to message me.

Will not Rx if you are diabetic or have any immunodeficiency disorders.

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Medrol (Definition)

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