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General Information on Methylprednisolone

Generic Name : Methylprednisolone

Pronunciation : meth ill pred niss' oh lone

Latest prescription information about Methylprednisolone. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y42.0 | Therapeutic Classification : Hormones

Trade Names/Brand Names of Methylprednisolone

India : 

International : 

Medrol, Medrol Dosepak, MethylPREDNISolone Dose Pack, Medrol, Meprolone

Why is Methylprednisolone Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a corticosteroid prescribed for severe allergies, arthritis, asthma, certain blood disorders and skin conditions.  It prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation.

When should Methylprednisolone not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Hypersensitivity.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category C :

Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the fetus and there are no appropriate studies in pregnant women, but potential benefits may allow the use of the drug in pregnant women despite the potential for risks.

What is the dosage of Methylprednisolone?

PO- The recommended dose range is 4 to 32mg/day.
IV- 1gm every 6 8 weeks.

How should Methylprednisolone be taken?

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with food.
It also comes as a solution for injection to be administered by a healthcare provider into the vein.

What are the warnings and precautions for Methylprednisolone?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of heart problems, heart attack, high blood pressure, kidney, liver disease, diabetes, seizures, under active thyroid, adrenal gland problems, mental problems, any allergy, who are taking other medications, infections, stomach problems, muscle weakness, elderly, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Avoid contact with people who have infections.
It may cause serious increase in blood pressure, salt and water retention, calcium deficiency, take proper diet.
It may affect blood sugar level; monitor sugar level regularly while taking this medication.

What are the side effects of Methylprednisolone?

   Heart : Heart failure, high blood pressure and fluid retention.
   Musculoskeletal : Muscle weakness, loss of muscle mass, joint inflammation, tendon rupture, vertebral compression and fractures.
   Gastrointestinal : Peptic ulcer and abdominal distention.
   Skin : Facial swelling increased sweating, redness and rash.
   Central Nervous System : Stroke, convulsions, unsteadiness and headache.
   Genitourinary : Suppression of growth in children and menstrual irregularities.
   Metabolic : Increased blood sugar level.
   Eye : Increased eye pressure.

What are the other precautions for Methylprednisolone?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions of Methylprednisolone?

Store it at controlled room temperature (20 to 25C).

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Anuvathsa 

At what dosage and duration of use does this cause elevated blood sugar levels and fluid retention?

Swapanpuri 

I was having pain on my both the feet. My high blood pressure and Uric acid is controlled with intake of medicine for the past 15 yrs. because of the pain in my both legs below the knee doctor advice following medicine presently for three days and as per adice I carried out blood test. The result of serum crp test is 36.55 mg/liter, Haemoglobin[hb] is 13.9mg/dl, Total Leukoc ount 8900/cumm,Medicine for 3 days Predmet 6/2tab per day;Feldex 2 tab/per day

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