Methylprednisolone is used for the treatment of:
- Blood disorders
- Severe allergic reactions
- Eye conditions
- Kidney/skin/intestinal/lung disease
- Immune system disorders
This medication decreases your immune system’s response to various diseases. It is to lessen the symptoms such as pain, swelling, and allergic-type reactions. Methylprednisolone may also be used with other medications in hormone disorders.
How does Methylprednisolone work?
Methylprednisolone works by stopping cells from releasing substances. These are usually producing an immune and allergic response that causes inflammation. This medicine also controls a certain condition that involves excessive inflammation.
Methylprednisolone decreases the numbers of white blood cells circulating in the blood. Both actions are useful for treating autoimmune disease. In which these are caused by the immune system attacking the body’s tissues.
Why use Methylprednisolone?
Methylprednisolone is a type of medicine called corticosteroid hormone. Corticosteroids are produced naturally by the adrenal glands. They have many functions in the body like controlling the responses of the inflammatory. These are man-made derivatives of the natural hormone. Methylprednisolone is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1957. This comes as a tablet for oral use with strengths of:
- 2 mg
- 4 mg
- 8 mg
- 16 mg
- 32 mg
How to use Methylprednisolone?
The recommended dosage is based on your condition, age, and response. This is to be taken exactly as it is prescribed. Do not take more or less than it is given by your doctor.
Methylprednisolone is usually taken with food or milk. Take the tablet by mouth with a full glass of water. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor. Remember to take each dose at the same time each day.
What are the side effects of Methylprednisolone?
- Unusual tiredness or weakness
- Spinning sensation
- Pressure in the stomach
- Blurred vision
- Dark urine
- Darkening of the skin
- Bone pain
- Dry mouth and skin
- Increased thirst
- Loss of appetite
- Muscle cramps, pain, and weakness
Warnings and Precautions
- Before taking Methylprednisolone, tell your doctor if you have any allergies or if you are allergic to this drug.
- Inform your doctor if you have any medical history or current medications (vitamins or herbal remedies).
- Do not receive any immunization or vaccination while taking this prescription.
- To make sure this medicine is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had a thyroid disorder, stomach ulcers, or osteoporosis.
- Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
- If you missed a dose, call your doctor for instructions.