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General Information: Uses and Effects
Medrol Generic (Methylprednisolone) is a corticosteroid medication that is used for the prevention of the release of substances that cause inflammation. The medicine is used for the treatment of various inflammatory conditions such as lupus, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, psoriasis, and allergic disorders. It may also be used for the treatment of conditions that affect the skin, lungs, eyes, stomach, blood cells, or nervous system. Medrol Generic may also be used for other health conditions that are not listed here. Before taking the medicine, inform your doctor about any past and current medical conditions and any medications you are currently using. You should not take Methylprednisolone if you have any fungal infection in any part of your body. This is because many diseases can be affected when you use steroid. Drugs that are classified as steroid can weaken the immune system which can make you susceptible to infections. It is, therefore, important that you inform your doctor of any infection or disease that you have or had a while back.
Try as much as possible to stay away from people who have infections or are sick. In case you are exposed to measles or chicken pox when using Medrol Generic, inform your doctor for preventive treatment. This drug can make vaccines less effective. You should avoid taking any vaccination during the course of taking the drug.
You should not stop the usage of Medrol Generic (Methylprednisolone) abruptly to avoid experiencing some severe withdrawal symptoms. Inform your doctor if you feel you are well enough and do not need to continue the drug. Your physician will advise you on how to slowly stop to use the drug so as not to experience any withdrawal symptoms.
Contraindication: Important to Know
Before using Medrol Generic, you should let your doctor know about your previous medical conditions. Discuss your allergies with him to avoid getting allergic reactions when using the drug. You should also not use the medicine if you have any fungal infection on any part of your body. To be sure that Medrol Generic is safe for you to use, inform your doctor if you have any history of the following:
- High blood pressure;
- Herpes infection of the eyes;
- Depression, psychosis, or mental illness;
- Thyroid disorder;
- Muscle disorder like myasthenia gravis;
- Liver disease (e.g. cirrhosis);
- Stomach ulcers, diverticulitis, colitis, or ulcerative;
- Multiple sclerosis.
You should also inform your physician if you have diabetes. This is because steroid medications may raise the sugar level in your urine or blood. Discussing with your doctor will ensure that appropriate measures are put in place to curb your sugar rise. It has not been established whether Medrol Generic can harm foetus. Therefore, it is important that you tell your physician if you are pregnant, suspect you might be pregnant, or you are planning to become pregnant. It is also not known whether the drug can affect a nursing baby. Thus, let your doctor know if you are breast feeding.
Medrol Generic is a prescription drug. The physician might change your doses occasionally. It is important that you do not miss any appointment with your doctor when taking the medicine. Do not use Medrol Generic in smaller or larger quantity, beyond what has been prescribed by your physician. Depending on your health condition, the medicament can be prescribed once a day or every other day. The initial dose of Medrol Generic varies from 4mg to 48mg per day, depending on your health condition. It is important that you follow your dosing instructions carefully and do not stop usage without consulting with your doctor. Taking an overdose of the medicine is not expected to result in a life threatening condition. However, using high doses of steroid for a long time can cause symptoms such as menstrual problems, thinning skin, impotence, easy bruising, and loss of interest in sex. You can also experience symptoms such as increased facial hair or acne, or change in the location or shape of body fat, particularly in the back, waist, face, and neck.
It is possible for your medication to change if you experience any health issue such as infection or fever, severe illness, medical emergency, or surgery. The drug can interfere with some medical test. It is therefore imperative that you inform your doctor and laboratory personnel that you are taking Medrol Generic.
There are severe and less severe side effects that you can experience when using Methylprednisolone. Call for emergency medical assistance if you develop symptoms of allergic reaction to the tablet, such as difficult breathing, hives, swelling of the face, tongue, lips, or throat. Also, contact your physician immediately if you experience the following:
- Shortness of breath, rapid weight gain or loss, and swelling;
- Severe depression, unusual behavior or thoughts or changes in your personality;
- Thinning skin, bruising, slow healing wounds;
- Unusual pain on the leg, back, or arm;
- Blurred vision, eye pain, tunnel vision;
- Bloody stools, vomit that looks like coffee ground, or coughing up blood;
- Low potassium; constipation, leg cramps, or irregular heartbeats.
The drug can also affect the growth of children. Thus, you should inform your doctor if there is any abnormality in the growing rate of your child when using the medicine.
Common side effects of Medrol Generic include:
- Dizziness and spinning sensations;
- Fluid retention evidence in swelling in your ankles or hands;
- Changes in menstrual periods;
- Bloating, or stomach discomfort;
Please note that the list of side effects mentioned here is not exhaustive. It is therefore important that you inform your doctor of any strange symptoms your experience when using this pill.
Interaction with Other Drugs
There are some other pills and products that can interact with Methylprednisolone. These include prescription and non-prescription drugs, herbal products and supplements. Let your doctor know of all other medications you are using. Do not stop any medication without first discussing with your doctor. Tablets that are categorized as CYP3A4 inhibitors can interact with Medrol Generic. Drugs such as Macrolides, and Ketoconazole has potentials to affect the effectiveness of the drug. Cyclosporine, Estrogens, Phenytoin, rifampin, and Carbamazepine may also interact with the Medrol Generic (Methylprednisolone).