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METHYLPREDNISOLONE (meth ill pred NISS oh lone) is a corticosteroid. It is commonly used to treat inflammation of the skin, joints, lungs, and other organs. Common conditions treated include asthma, allergies, and arthritis. It is also used for other conditions, such as blood disorders and diseases of the adrenal glands.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
cataracts or glaucoma
high blood pressure
infection including tuberculosis
low calcium or potassium levels in the blood
stomach or intestinal disease, including colitis
an unusual or allergic reaction to methylprednisolone, corticosteroids, benzyl alcohol, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
This medicine is for injection into a muscle, joint, or other tissue. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
This does not apply.
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
radiopaque contrast agents
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
aspirin and aspirin-like medicines
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. If you are taking this medicine for a long time, carry an identification card with your name and address, the type and dose of your medicine, and your doctor's name and address.
The medicine may increase your risk of getting an infection. Stay away from people who are sick. Tell your doctor or health care professional if you are around anyone with measles or chickenpox.
You may need to avoid some vaccines. Talk to your health care provider for more information.
If you are going to have surgery, tell your doctor or health care professional that you have taken this medicine within the last twelve months.
Ask your doctor or health care professional about your diet. You may need to lower the amount of salt you eat.
The medicine can increase your blood sugar. If you are a diabetic check with your doctor if you need help adjusting the dose of your diabetic medicine.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
bloody or tarry stools
changes in vision
eye pain or bulging eyes
fever, sore throat, sneezing, cough, or other signs of infection, wounds that will not heal
pain in hips, back, ribs, arms, shoulders, or legs
swelling of the ankles, feet, hands
trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine
unusual bleeding or bruising
unusually weak or tired
weight gain or weight loss
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
changes in emotions or moods
constipation or diarrhea
irritation at site where injected
skin problems, acne, thin and shiny skin
unusual hair growth on the face or body
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
heart problems or disease
infection such as herpes, measles, tuberculosis, or chickenpox
stomach ulcer or intestine disease including colitis and diverticulitis
an unusual or allergic reaction to lactose, methylprednisolone, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
Take this medicine by mouth with a drink of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take it with food or milk to avoid stomach upset. If you are taking this medicine once a day, take it in the morning. Do not take more medicine than you are told to take. Do not suddenly stop taking your medicine because you may develop a severe reaction. Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to take. If your doctor wants you to stop the medicine, the dose may be slowly lowered over time to avoid any side effects.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, talk to your doctor or health care professional. You may need to miss a dose or take an extra dose. Do not take double or extra doses without advice.
eye pain, decreased or blurred vision, or bulging eyes
mental depression, mood swings, mistaken feelings of self importance or of being mistreated
confusion, excitement, restlessness
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
This medicine is for injection or infusion into a vein. It is also for injection into a muscle. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.