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Rec'd Medrol dose pack for asthma flare-up yesterday. Doses (24mg max) seem lower than what I've taken before (40mg prednisone). Is Medrol dose pack sufficient for asthma flare? Traveling soon so want to be sure I get right treatment before leaving.

Rec'd Medrol dose pack for asthma flare-up yesterday. Doses (24mg max) seem lower than what I've taken before (40mg prednisone). Is Medrol dose pack sufficient for asthma flare? Traveling soon so want to be sure I get right treatment before leaving.

See below: Medrol is methylprednisolone, which is dosed different than prednisone. It should be sufficient to control an asthma flare. However, it depends on your other meds and how severe the flare is. I would make sure you are doing a peak flow meter daily. Also, have you noticed a decrease in the amount of rescue inhalers you are using since being on the medrol? ...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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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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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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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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Can medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack cause an increase in your white cell count?

Can medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack cause an increase in your white cell count?

Yes, when starting: On starting the drug, a lot of what accounts for this effect is an increase in the number of *measured* white cells. I stress measured because there are a higher number of cells that enter into circulation - but not a higher number over - caused by the start of Medrol (methylprednisolone) and doses like it. That can sometimes lead to confusion - like believing there's an infection when one does not exist. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms to look for after finishing the Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack for lupus?

What are the symptoms to look for after finishing the Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack for lupus?

Decrease in symptoms: The me drool dose pack may too quick for lupus which may require low dose chronic use. ...Read more

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Is it ok to be put on the medrol dose pack more then twice? It seems to help for the time & then once finished my pain is back where it started. I'm awaiting my appointment with pain management. I was going to see if my PCP would prescribe another medrol

Is it ok to be put on the medrol dose pack more then twice? It seems to help for the time & then once finished my pain is back where it started. I'm awaiting my appointment with pain management. I was going to see if my PCP would prescribe another medrol

Medrol (methylprednisolone) D pack limits: Hello. Can't keep taking Medrol (methylprednisolone) Dose packs back to back. Oral steroids are not without risks ( diabetes, osteoporosis, weight gain, glaucoma, cataracts, fluid retention, depressed metabolism, mood swings, etc.). Your upcoming visit with pain management should help you manage these back pain attacks with treatments which will cause you the least amount of harm for BOTH the short and long term. ...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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Will a medrol dose pack help with congestion in the ears and sinuses?

Will a medrol dose pack help with congestion in the ears and sinuses?

ItMayIfDueToAllergy: It will only help if the congestion is due to Allergy.But it has to be prescribed by a doctor.You can try over the counter decongestants like sudafed for congestion as long as you dont suffer from Hypertension.If you suffer from seasonal Allergies you can take combination pills like ClaritinD 24 hours or another brand once a day for allergy and congestion for quick symptoms relief ...Read more

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Inflammation inner ear giving 6 day 4mg medrol dose pack took 4 of 6 first day and stopped bad side effects will i be ok stopping early been28 hours?

Inflammation inner ear giving 6 day 4mg medrol dose pack took 4 of 6 first day and stopped bad side effects will i be ok stopping early been28 hours?

Call doctor: High dose of steroid may induce side effects (insomnia, GI upset, anxiety etc). The question is whether without it you may end up with permanent damages. Thus you need to contact the doctor to tell him about the side effects and see if there may be alternatives. ...Read more

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Why does Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack cause me such bad pain. I am in so much pain I can hardly walk or stand? How do I get rid of the pain?

Not Medrol (methylprednisolone): That would relieve almost any pain for which it was prescribed. You should consult the provider who prescribed the dose pack as to whether you need to continue it in the setting of this pain. You should also not take aspirin while taking Medrol (methylprednisolone). Try some antacid for the pain (assuming it's abdominal) while consulting your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Prednisone (Definition)

Prednisone is a synthetic cortisone. The body makes cortisone, a natural hormone made in adrenal glands. The body converts it to Hydrocortisone to become active. 25 mg of cortisone has about same effect as 5 mgm prednisone. The average person would produce 3-6 mg of pred daily. So why use a substitute? The synthetic has more anti-inflammatory effect; but has less effect ...Read more


Dr. John Feola
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Liquid Pred (Definition)

Liquid Pred is a corticosteroid which is a kind of ...Read more