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Medrol Dose Pak
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
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
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
What to do if I have horrible reaction to cortisone injection and cortisone Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pak..?
Not enough info: You need to actually describe the reaction to receive an answer. ...Read more
Extremely horrible reaction to cortisone injection and cortisone Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pak. Are there any alternatives?
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
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
Can glaucoma suspect take medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pak? Taking for chronic sinusitis and eat bulging. Eyes feel painful.
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
Can i cut the medrol dose pack in half ? ie... still take it every day as recommended yet cut each daily dose in half?
No: That low of a dose is unlikely to be effective. It also depends what you are taking it for. ...Read more
Possibly: Possibly, but use of the "dose pack" is controversial. ...Read more
Not to often : This needs to be evaluated to clarify why the dosepacks are being given. ...Read more
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
3/yr: Really no limit but typically 3/yr.Get a more detailed answer ›
Medrol (methylprednisolone) 50 mg injection and Medrol (methylprednisolone) 4mg dose pack to take for 6 days?
Need a question: Please let us know what the question is. ...Read more
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?
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
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
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
Sometimes: It can help.Get a more detailed answer ›
Yes: Yes you can.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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
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
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.
Dr. Ron Jones
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