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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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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. Marc Lorber
835 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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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

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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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Im gonna start taking methylprednisolone, im scared to take it with all the side effects.?

Im gonna start taking methylprednisolone, im scared to take it with all the side effects.?

Significant illness: The side effects of steroids are seen more commonly if the dose is high and the duration is long. Discuss the reason for steroids with your doctor. You must have a significant underlying disease requiring aggressive treatment. The end point of not taking steroids might be far more serious than the potential side effects of the medication. Try for low dose and every other day if possible. ...Read more

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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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How long does methylprednisolone stay in your system?

How long does methylprednisolone stay in your system?

At 36hrs.: It takes 36 hrs for the drug to be less than 10per cent of the dose. But if you mean after long term use, your adrenal glands will be suppressed for a much longer period than after a single dose! ...Read more

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Pregnant daughter in law was prescribed methylprednisolone for skin rash 4mg dose pack by her ob. What are the risks to the pregnanancy.

Pregnant daughter in law was prescribed  methylprednisolone for skin rash 4mg dose pack  by her ob. What are the risks to the pregnanancy.

Category C med: This medication has been studied in pregnancy & found to be relatively safe when used as directed. Pulsed use (med pack) provides little more than an increase of stress steroids produced naturally by human adrenal glands on a daily basis. ...Read more

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Can methylprednisolone cause intense sweet food cravings?

Can methylprednisolone cause intense sweet food cravings?

YES: Methylprednisolone (medrol) is a steroid used to treat inflammatory conditions. In general, Medrol (methylprednisolone) can cause weight gain. One mechanism for the weight gain is that it can cause cravings for many different types of food. ...Read more

Dr. Bernard Seif
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Medrol (Definition)

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