Methylprednisolone is a corticosteroid used to treat severe allergies, arthritis, asthma, and skin conditions. Methylprednisolone may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with Methylprednisolone. Inform your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. Do not take Methylprednisolone if you are also taking mifepristone. Additional monitoring of your dose or condition may be needed if you are taking aspirin, barbiturates, cyclosporine, licorice (glycyrrhiza), macrolide antibiotics (e.g., erythromycin), indomethacin, estrogen (e.g., birth control pills), ketoconazole, rifampin, troleandomycin, or medicine for seizures.
USE OF Methylprednisolone IS NOT RECOMMENDED if you have a fungal infection in the body. Inform your doctor of any medical conditions including heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, HIV infection, high blood pressure, peptic ulcer, osteoporosis, myasthenia gravis, herpes eye infection, low levels of thyroid hormone (hypothyroidism), diabetes, tuberculosis, mental/mood disorders, seizures, recent infection, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about taking Methylprednisolone.
Follow the directions for using Methylprednisolone provided by your doctor. The directions for taking Methylprednisolone properly are also on the package. Methylprednisolone may be taken on an empty stomach or with food. Taking it with food may help to decrease the chance of stomach upset. Ask your doctor or pharmacist any questions you may have about how you should take Methylprednisolone.
STORE Methylprednisolone at room temperature, away from heat and light.
IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF Methylprednisolone and you are taking 1 dose daily, take it as soon as possible. If you do not remember until the next day, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once. For all other dosing regimens: if you miss a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Your dosing schedule may need to be adjusted.
Do not stop taking Methylprednisolone without checking with your doctor. Stopping Methylprednisolone suddenly may cause serious side effects. Keep all doctor and laboratory appointments while you are using Methylprednisolone.
BEFORE YOU HAVE ANY MEDICAL OR DENTAL TREATMENTS, EMERGENCY CARE, OR SURGERY, tell the doctor or dentist that you are using Methylprednisolone. Methylprednisolone makes you more sucesptible to illness, especially if you take it for an extended period of time. Prevent infection by avoiding contact with people who have colds or other infections. Report any injuries or signs of infection (fever, sore throat, pain during urination, or muscle aches) that occur during treatment and within 12 months after stopping Methylprednisolone. Your dose may need to be adjusted or you may need to start taking Methylprednisolone again.
CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE HAVING IMMUNIZATIONS (VACCINATIONS) while you are using Methylprednisolone.
BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINE, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. If you plan on becoming pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Methylprednisolone during pregnancy. If you are or will be pregnant while you are using Methylprednisolone, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.
IF YOU HAVE DIABETES, Methylprednisolone may affect your blood sugar. Check blood sugar levels closely and ask your doctor before adjusting the dose of your diabetes medicine.
Possible side effects
Side effects that may occur while you are taking Methylprednisolone include difficulty sleeping, nervousness, increased appetite, indigestion, or nausea. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. Check with your doctor as soon as possible if you experience bone problems (such as bone pain, or broken or fractured bones); chronic back pain; changes in menstrual periods; headache; muscle aches or weakness; fever, cold, or prolonged sore throat; vision changes or other eye problems; or unusual weight gain. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience swelling of feet, hands, or legs; black, tarry stools; mood, mental, or personality changes; seizures; severe muscle pain or weakness; skin growths; severe nausea or vomiting; or vomit that looks like coffee grounds. An allergic reaction to Methylprednisolone is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, or trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
If you take too much
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
Patients taking Methylprednisolone for long-term therapy should carry a warning card or medical ID bracelet that identifies the possible need of supplemental steroids during periods of stress.
DO NOT SHARE Methylprednisolone with others for whom it was not prescribed.
DO NOT USE Methylprednisolone for other health conditions.
KEEP Methylprednisolone out of the reach of children.