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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

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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Will I have withdrawals from taking the first six pills together(started late)of a medrol (methylprednisolone) 4mg pack today? The pills made me feel very itchy.

Will I have withdrawals from taking the first six pills together(started late)of a medrol (methylprednisolone) 4mg pack today? The pills made me feel very itchy.

Not expected: Allergy to oral Medrol (methylprednisolone) is rare if existent at all. Since it takes about 6 hours before noticeable effects can be observed, I question that Medrol (methylprednisolone) is the actual culprit. However if subsequent dosing again leads to itching, then you will need to stop taking it and ask your doctor to provide a substitute. ...Read more

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Will I have withdrawals from taking the first six pills together of a medrol (methylprednisolone) 4mg pack today if I stop taking them? The pills made me feel very itchy.

Will I have withdrawals from taking the first six pills together of a medrol (methylprednisolone) 4mg pack today if I stop taking them? The pills made me feel very itchy.

Already answered?: But will repeat - highly unlikely that Medrol (methylprednisolone) is causing your itching . If you are on a Medrol (methylprednisolone) dospak however, it is unlikely to get a withdrawal problem from such a short term use- a few people do feel tired for a couple of days if they had experienced a stimulant effect from Medrol (methylprednisolone)- more a let-down then a withdrawal. ...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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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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Is it safe to take methylprednisolone?

Is it safe to take methylprednisolone?

It has risks: All corticosteroid carry considerable risk with long term use. The risk depends on the dose taken and the length of time it is taken. Short courses have relatively small risk. ...Read more

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How fast to taper off methylprednisolone?

Ask your doctor: I depends on the dose you are currently taking and how long you have been taking it. Ask the doctor who prescribed it. ...Read more

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What is a Medrol (methylprednisolone) pack?

What is a Medrol (methylprednisolone) pack?

See details: It is usually a 6 day tapering course of a cortisone medication. ...Read more

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Methylprednisolone most serious side effects?

Methylprednisolone most serious side effects?

Side effects: There are several side effects listed for oral steroids. You can find these on the package insert. There are some points for you to be aware of: 1) don't stop the medication abruptly. 2) longterm use of steroids can cause serious problems like osteoporosis. You'll need to be monitored. 3) steroids can interfere with other medications. ...Read more

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Can Medrol (methylprednisolone) help with pulpitis?

Can Medrol (methylprednisolone) help with pulpitis?

Short-Term Only: Any pain medication or anti-inflammatory drug can help with the symptoms of pulpitis, just like any other painful condition. However, medications never address the cause of the tooth pain. That can only be done by your dentist, generally by getting inside the tooth & fixing whatever's wrong. Sometimes it can be fixed from outside the tooth too. You can't do it yourself, however, so see a dentist. ...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

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How often can a Medrol pack (methylprednisolone) be taken?

How often can a Medrol pack (methylprednisolone) be taken?

Shouldn't be bandaid: Dose packs have their place, but in my practice, i see them used to frequently for "pain, " without a diagnosis. Certainly a flare in ra, spondylitis, and other dx's may benefit, since it is very rapid in action. Great for poison ivy too. But other drugs for rheumatic problems should appreciably negate the need for dose-packs. ...Read more

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Is a fast heartbeat normal after taking methylprednisolone?

Is a fast heartbeat normal after taking methylprednisolone?

Side-effects: Rapid heat rate or palpitations can be side-effects of methylprednisolone. Other more serious cardiac side-effects can occur but are much less common. ...Read more

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Is vision impairment a common symptom with methylprednisolone?

Is vision impairment a common symptom with methylprednisolone?

Rare: This is a good anti-inflammatory and in fact is used to treat some causes of visual dysfunction. Rarely there can be emboli from the injection vessel which could lodge in the eye vessels and damage the vision. But this is very rare. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Medrol (Definition)

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