Methylprednisolone - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions


Information about Methylprednisolone

Generic Name : Methylprednisolone
Up-to-date prescription details regarding Methylprednisolone are provided here.

Pronunciation : meth ill pred niss' oh lone

Learn the correct pronunciation of the Methylprednisolone, understand it's uses, recommended dosages, its indications, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its and its storage instructions.
You will also find a list of the medication's International and Indian brand or trade names, as well as its pricing information. For verification of the information presented on this page or for additional clarifications, it's advisable to consult your doctor.

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 be taken? (Contraindications)


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 for Methylprednisolone?

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