Methylprednisolone Tablets (Generic Medrol)
Methylprednisolone is a kind of steroid. It is normally used to treat inflammation in the lungs, joints, skin and other organs along with treating certain conditions like allergies, arthritis and asthma. Certain other types of conditions like the diseases of adrenal glands and blood disorders can also be treated by using Methylprednisolone Tablets.
Methylprednisolone is available in tablet as well as suspension solution forms. Being a prescription drug you cannot buy without the consent of your healthcare provider. Methylprednisolone Tablets are available in generic form as well as in the form of patented drugs. It is available in different strengths but you may not get it in all strengths depending on their form and the brand name.
Uses Methylprednisolone Tablets
Methylprednisolone Tablets can be used to treat a number of health conditions including:
- controlling inflammation and modification of the immune response of your body
- disorders in endocrine like primary or secondary insufficiency of adrenocortical
- rheumatic disorders including psoriatic or rheumatoid arthritis
- diseases of collagen like systemic or lupus dermatomyositis
- skin diseases including Stevens-Johnson disease or psoriasis
- untreatable severe allergies like allergic reaction of medicines or yearly or seasonal allergies
- eye problems such as ulcers or swelling in the eyes
- intestinal or stomach problems including Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis
- respiratory problems like uncontrolled Loffler’s syndrome or damaged lung due to poisoning by beryllium
- blood disorders such as lack of red blood cells in kids or low levels of platelets in adults
- neoplastic issues like cancer in the lymphatic system or blood cancer in adults
- flare ups of multiple sclerosis
- infections like trichinosis with heart or brain problems
The dosage of methylprednisolone tablets depends upon various factors including the age of the patient, health condition to be treated, severity of the condition, medical history of the patient and the reaction of the patient to the first dose of these tablets.
Though Methylprednisolone tablets do not cause drowsiness like other steroids but in some cases in can change the functioning of the liver. These changes are of temporary m=nature as they can be reversed by stopping the use of these tablets. Some other common side effects of these steroidal tablets can include nausea and vomiting, headache, excitement, restlessness, confusion, weight gain, skin problems like thin skin, shiny skin and acne etc. It can also cause swelling in feet, hands or ankles, excessive thirst, high blood pressure, infection, depression and weakness in muscles. These side effects can go away after few days or weeks if they are mild in nature but if they persist even after 2 weeks then it is necessary to consult your health care provider. These side effects can be life threatening in persist for long even after taking a right treatment. In case of medical emergency you can call at 911 in USA.
Methylprednisolone tablets can be used for short term as well as long term according to the condition of the patient and the response of his body to this drug. If it is not taken as advised by the doctor then it can cause various types of risks of severe nature. These risks can be avoided by taking few precautionary measures like:
Do not stop taking it all of a sudden: Whether you are taking is for a short term or a long term you should not stop taking it on your own. Your symptoms may not be treated perfectly. Your problem can become uncontrollable.
Do not stop taking it without consulting your healthcare provider: This drug can disrupt the ways your body controls your hormones. It can cause various side effects if you have stopped its intake abruptly. If you want to stop the intake of this drug then you should talk to your doctor as he can reduce the chances of side effects by reducing its dosage gradually.
What if you miss its few doses: Sometimes people do not take its doses as per schedule or miss several doses due to certain reasons. In such condition either the medicine will completely stop working on your problem or may delay the expected results. In order to keep this drug working on your problem you will have to give its certain amount to your body consistently.
What if you miss its one dose: In case you should take it as soon as possible. But if the time of next dose is about to reach then you should talk to your doctor to know whether to take double dose or miss that dose. But you should not take any decision in this regard on your own as it can be dangerous for you.
Methylprednisolone tablets can interact with various other vitamins, herbs and medications you are already taking. Such interactions usually occur when the way of working of a drug is obstructed by some other drug or substance. Such interactions can either prevent the drug to work on your body or make them harmful for you.
In order to avoid the interaction of Methylprednisolone tablets you should follow the instructions of your doctor as he can manage the things carefully as per the requirement of your body. While consulting your doctor to start taking thee tablets you should surely tell him about the drugs, herbs and vitamins you are already taking. He can also tell about the effect of this drug on the drugs you are already taking.
You should avoid taking certain drugs with Methylprednisolone tablets as they can be dangerous for your body. These drugs may include certain live vaccines like vaccine for varicella, nasal flu, mumps, rubella and measles as it can reduce the effect of live vaccines
Methylprednisolone tablets can increase the risk of side effects by interacting with certain medicines like Cyclosporine, Ketoconazole and Troleandomycin, it can also cause side effects when taken with Aspirin, Heparin and Warfarin as well as Phenytoin, Rifampin and Phenobarbital.
The overdose of Methylprednisolone tablets can be dangerous for your body. It can cause high blood pressure, swelling in legs, feet and arms due to retention of water and salt as well as tiredness, and cramps in muscles due to low potassium level. If you have taken overdose of this drug, due to any reason, then you should call your doctor or poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. But, if the symptoms become severe then call at a nearest emergency service or 911.