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Dr. Marc Lorber
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Methylprednisolone (Overview)

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, osteoporosis, diabetes, and infections.


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What causes certain medicines, like methylprednisolone to make you crave sweets?

What causes certain medicines, like methylprednisolone to make you crave sweets?

See below: Methylprednisolone is a corticosteroid, one side effect of which is to elevate blood sugar (hyperglycemia, not diabetes) which can simulate diabetes. If excess sugar isn't used by body (muscles, etc), cells may act as though starving for nutrient & cause craving for more sweets. Usually not a problem with short-term/low-dose med, but can be with long-term/high-dose use. Doc should address problem. ...Read more

Dr. Marc Lorber
845 doctors shared insights

Methylprednisolone (Overview)

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, osteoporosis, diabetes, and infections.


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X-ray revealed a tiny bone fragment in my right heel. Dr prescribed stretches and methylprednisolone, do I have to take the last? Afraid of drugs.

X-ray revealed a tiny bone fragment in my  right heel. Dr prescribed stretches and methylprednisolone, do I have to take the last? Afraid of drugs.

Your choice: The use of methylprdnisolone is to reduce the swelling from the irritation and inflammation created by the injury to the right heel. The benefit of taking it is to reduce the inflammation, to reduce the pain, and allow the healing to being. Why suffer the pain? Without it, it does slow down the rate of allowing the area to heal and calm down. Should you discontinue it, keep your dr informed. ...Read more

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Can problem regulating blood sugar and blood pressure possibly be related to recent short term use of methylprednisolone? How to restore the balance?

Can problem regulating blood sugar and blood pressure possibly be related to recent short term use of methylprednisolone? How to restore the balance?

Prednisone: Yes Methylprednisolone can raise blood sugar as well as blood pressure . Most physicians use this drug for short periods there by avoiding the long term side affects . Ask you doctor about weaning off it as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Used methylprednisolone 4mg for 22 days and stopped 2 months ago. I am seeing muscle weakness. Does it go by itself? If so, after how many weeks?

Used methylprednisolone 4mg for 22 days and stopped 2 months ago. I am seeing muscle weakness. Does it go by itself? If so, after how many weeks?

See below: The question I have is why you were using methlyprednisone---was it for myositis because if you are noticing more muscle weakness, it may mean that it is active. If you developed corticosteroid myopathy, you should get better with time and physical though that would be unusual to occur with the length of time that you were on it. See your doctor to further evaluate. ...Read more

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How do I get methylprednisolone out my system fast? Just read about side effects.

How do I get methylprednisolone out my system fast? Just read about side effects.

Don't worry.: It is not a long acting steroid that lasts for months. It will clear on its own. Though side-effects occur, short term use is fairly safe. Also, consider the risk of the condition that it was prescribed for. ...Read more

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I stopped taking methylprednisolone after the first two pills causing a reaction. Seven hours later having severe withdrawal symptoms. How long last?

I stopped taking methylprednisolone after the first two pills causing a reaction.  Seven hours later having severe withdrawal symptoms. How long last?

Steroid tapering: Your symptoms may not be withdrawal. However, when taking steroids, it is important to make a slow taper of the dosage. Recommend to talk with your prescribing physician on how to make a slow dose reduction and try not to stop the medication suddenly. ...Read more

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I was prescribed methylprednisolone for fluid in my ear. About half way through the prescription my symptoms disappeared. Should i finish the pack?

I was prescribed methylprednisolone for fluid in my ear. About half way through the prescription my symptoms disappeared. Should i finish the pack?

Yes: Finish the pack as prescribed to make sure all of the inflammation is gone and does not re flair up again fro only being partially treated. ...Read more

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Is it safe to mix Valium with methylprednisolone?

Is it safe to mix Valium with methylprednisolone?

Yes you can: Yes you can, there is no contraindications for that. ...Read more

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Is methylprednisolone safe?

Is methylprednisolone safe?

Always risks: Most of the time for sort term use, they are safe. Steroids have many side effects that are usually related to the size of the dose and duration of treatment including weight gain, thin skin, fragile blood vessels, increased risk of diabetes mellitus, thin bones and bone fractures, increased risk of heart attack and stroke, etc. ...Read more

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Methylprednisolone, should I stay out of sun?

Methylprednisolone, should I stay out of sun?

Not from drug: Photo sensitivity or sun related problems are rare with methylprednisolone. This is a treatment for many diseases which can become worse on sunlight. For the medication itself you do not need to take special precautions. It is always a good idea to use sunscreen if you expect significant sun exposure. ...Read more

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What does it feel like to take methylprednisolone?

What does it feel like to take methylprednisolone?

Depends on dose! : Large doses ( greater than 10 mg acutely), are likely to to initially make you feel wired, or energized! larger doses will affect the brain more . Steroids should be taken in the morning. If taken before sleep, you will not sleep well! ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: methylprednisolone?

Please describe the medication: methylprednisolone?

Anti inflammatory: 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, osteoporosis, diabetes, and infections. ...Read more

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Dr. James Dukelow
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Medrol (Definition)

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