What is Methylprednisolone?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Methylprednisolone is a synthetic corticosteroid drug used primarily as an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressant agent for diseases of hematologic, allergic, inflammatory, neoplastic, and autoimmune origin; also for graft-versus-host disease.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Multiple Sclerosis 550 350
Relapse MS (exacerbation) 247 192
Prevent organ rejection 71 15
Stiffness/Spasticity 67 31
Pain 62 38
Optic nerve inflammation (Optic neuritis) 44 31

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 132
Moderate 274
Mild 247
None 179

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Methylprednisolone

Side effect Patients
Insomnia 72
Metallic taste in mouth 67
Weight gain 54
Increased appetite 43
Sleeplessness 39
Taste changed 39

Show all 322 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Methylprednisolone

Dosage Patients
4 mg daily 6
1 g daily 4
1,000 mg daily 3
1,000 mg daily 3
1 other daily 2
1other as needed 2
4mg as needed 2
1 g yearly 1
6 g yearly 1
1 g monthly 1

See all 37 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Methylprednisolone

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Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 931
Doctor's advice 155
Did not seem to work 87
Side effects too severe 78
Other 63
Personal research 9
Change in health plan coverage 8
Expense 4
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Duration

Currently taking Methylprednisolone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 8
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 9
5 - 10 years 16
10 years or more 5

Stopped taking Methylprednisolone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 793
1 - 6 months 120
6 months - 1 year 81
1 - 2 years 66
2 - 5 years 80
5 - 10 years 46
10 years or more 26
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 724
Usually 43
Sometimes 36
Never taken as prescribed 29
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 61
Somewhat hard to take 201
A little hard to take 235
Not at all hard to take 335
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 49
$100-199 25
$50-99 34
$25-49 23
< $25 309
Not specified 392

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Methylprednisolone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Prednisone (Deltasone) 8
Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG) (Gammaglobulin (IVIg)) 2
Corticotropin (Acthar Gel, H.P.) 1
Dimethyl fumarate (Tecfidera) 1
Etanercept (Enbrel SureClick) 1

Show all 11 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Methylprednisolone and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Prednisone (Deltasone) 7
Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG) (Gammaglobulin (IVIg)) 3
Corticotropin (Acthar Gel, H.P.) 2
Alemtuzumab (Lemtrada) 1
Carbidopa-Levodopa CR (Sinemet CR) 1

Show all 15 treatments patients report switching to

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111 patient evaluations for Methylprednisolone

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Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: None
Overall: None
Cognition: mild
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: mild
Walking: mild
I am: g
I have:
MS

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Mar 30, 2016 (Started Feb 17, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Relapse MS (exacerbation))
  • Side effects
    Mild (Increased insomnia, Overall weakness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Advice & Tips: 3 days of infusions for MS hugs and numbness.  Last infusion was April 1, 2016. Numbness already improved.  Weak and tired. Very hungry. 

Feb 17, 2010 (Started Feb 17, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Relapse MS (exacerbation))
  • Side effects
    Mild (Increased insomnia)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 120 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I was 3 days of IV infusion for "hug" spasms that didn't respond to medication. It did help, gradually but I felt awful by the 3rd treatment and it was difficult to work full time while undergoing this treatment.

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Gender: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: All
Fatigue: Some
Sleep: All
Stiffness: All
function: Some
external_stress: Most
Stickman: all
Description:M56y
FM:13y Dx
I am: g
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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Nov 15, 2015 (Started Nov 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Cervical dystonia (torticollis))
  • Side effects
    Mild (Unrefreshing or poor sleep)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Eat while taking. Just don't eat too much.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: Most
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Some
Stiffness: All
function: Some
external_stress: Little
Stickman: most
Description:M52y
FM:9y Dx
CFS:8y Dx
I am: n
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See lazaras's full Methylprednisolone history

Oct 9, 2015 (Started Oct 08, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Stiffness in neck)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Neck pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 8 mg Four times daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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