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Medrol Dosepak

Generic Name: methylprednisolone
Brands: Duralone, Medipred, Medralone, Medrol, Predacorten, Solu-Medrol


What is the most important information I should know about Medrol Dosepak?

· Do not stop taking Medrol Dosepak suddenly if you have been taking it for a few weeks. You may need a gradual reduction in dosage before you stop taking this medication.

· Take oral Medrol Dosepak with food or milk to lessen stomach upset.

· Carry some type of medical identification that will let others know you are taking Medrol Dosepak in the case of an emergency.

 

What is Medrol Dosepak?

· Medrol Dosepak is in a class of drugs called steroids. Medrol Dosepak reduces swelling and decreases the body's immune response.

· Medrol Dosepak is used to treat many different conditions. It is used to treat endocrine (hormonal) disorders when the body does not produce enough of its own steroids. It is also used to treat many immune and allergic disorders, such as arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, asthma, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn's disease.

· Medrol Dosepak may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

 

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Medrol Dosepak?

· Do not take Medrol Dosepak if you have a serious bacterial, viral, or fungal infection. Medrol Dosepak weakens the body's immune response and thus its ability to fight infection.

· Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you have     ·kidney disease,     ·liver disease,     ·high blood pressure or heart disease,     ·ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, or stomach ulcers,     ·hypothyroidism,     ·a psychiatric condition,     ·osteoporosis,     ·myasthenia gravis,     ·diabetes mellitus, or     ·any other medical conditions.

· You may not be able to take Medrol Dosepak, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.

· Medrol Dosepak is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether Medrol Dosepak will be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.

· Medrol Dosepak passes into breast milk and may affect a nursing baby. Do not take Medrol Dosepak without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

 

How should I take Medrol Dosepak?

 

· Take Medrol Dosepak exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than is prescribed for you. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

· Take each oral dose with a full glass of water.

· Take oral Medrol Dosepak with food or milk to lessen stomach upset.

· Medrol Dosepak is also available as an injection. Your healthcare provider will administer injectable Medrol Dosepak. If you are using injectable Medrol Dosepak at home, your healthcare provider will give you detailed instructions regarding preparation, administration, and storage of the medication.

· If you are taking one dose daily, take that dose before 9 a.m. if possible, to follow the body's natural cycle. If you take more than one dose daily, space the doses evenly throughout the day as directed by your doctor.

· Do not stop taking Medrol Dosepak suddenly if you have been taking it for a few weeks. You may need a gradual reduction in dosage before you stop taking this medication.

· Carry some type of medical identification that will let others know you are taking Medrol Dosepak in the case of an accident.

· Store Medrol Dosepak at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

 

What happens if I miss a dose?

· If you take one dose daily, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if you don't remember until the next day, skip the dose you missed and take only the regular daily dose.

· If you take more than one dose daily, you can either take the missed dose as soon as you remember, or you can take two doses (the one you missed plus your regularly scheduled dose) when it is time for the next dose.

· If you take one dose every other day, take the missed dose as soon as you remember, then go back to your regular every-other-day schedule.

 

What happens if I overdose?

· Seek emergency medical attention. A single large dose of this medication is unlikely to cause symptoms or death. An overdose is more likely to be caused by a chronic overdose--large doses taken over a period of time.

· Symptoms of an overdose include obesity (especially around the stomach); a round face; increased hair growth (especially around the face); acne; bruising; increased blood pressure; swollen hands, feet, or ankles (fluid retention); and sore or weak muscles.

 

What should I avoid while taking Medrol Dosepak?

· Use alcohol cautiously. Together, alcohol and oral Medrol Dosepak can be damaging to the stomach.

· Avoid sources of infection. Wash the hands frequently and keep them away from the mouth and eyes. The immune system may be weakened while taking Medrol Dosepak.

· Do not receive any immunizations during treatment with Medrol Dosepak without first talking to your doctor.

 

What are the possible side effects of Medrol Dosepak?

· If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking Medrol Dosepak and seek emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately:     ·an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives);     ·increased blood pressure (severe headache or blurred vision); or     ·sudden weight gain (more than 5 pounds in a day or two).

· Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take Medrol Dosepak and talk to your doctor if you experience     ·insomnia;     ·nausea, vomiting, or stomach upset;     ·fatigue or dizziness;     ·muscle weakness or joint pain;     ·problems with diabetes control; or     ·increased hunger or thirst.

· Other side effects that occur only rarely, usually with high doses of Medrol Dosepak, may include     ·acne,     ·increased hair growth,     ·thinning of the skin,     ·cataracts,     ·glaucoma,     ·osteoporosis,     ·roundness of the face, and     ·changes in behavior.

· Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

 

What other drugs will affect Medrol Dosepak?

· Do not take any other over-the-counter or prescription medications, including herbal products, during treatment with Medrol Dosepak without first talking to your doctor. Many other medicines can interact with Medrol Dosepak resulting in side effects or altered effectiveness of the medications.

 

Where can I get more information?

· Your pharmacist has additional information about Medrol Dosepak written for health professionals that you may read.


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