What is Methylprednisolone?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Solu-Medrol Infusion Solu-Medrol Methylprednisolone Infusion Show all

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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 556 360
Prevent organ rejection 72 17
Pain 69 42
Stiffness/spasticity 67 31
Optic nerve inflammation (optic neuritis) 44 31

Show all 274 reasons taken


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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 140
Moderate 289
Mild 257
None 193

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Methylprednisolone

Side effect Patients
Insomnia 74
Metallic taste in mouth 69
Weight gain 58
Increased appetite 43
Sleeplessness 40
Taste changed 39

Show all 325 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Methylprednisolone

Dosage Patients
4 mg daily 7
1,000 mg daily 7
1 g daily 5
1 g monthly 3
8 mg daily 3
1,000mg as needed 3
4mg as needed 3
2 mg daily 2
1,000 mg daily 2
1other as needed 2

See all 47 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Methylprednisolone

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Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 964
Doctor's advice 165
Did not seem to work 89
Side effects too severe 82
Other 69
Change in health plan coverage 9
Personal research 9
Expense 4
See all 1204 patients who've stopped taking Methylprednisolone

Duration

Currently taking Methylprednisolone

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 17
5 - 10 years 21
10 years or more 13

Stopped taking Methylprednisolone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 829
1 - 6 months 128
6 months - 1 year 83
1 - 2 years 69
2 - 5 years 81
5 - 10 years 47
10 years or more 26
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 755
Usually 48
Sometimes 38
Never taken as prescribed 38
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 62
Somewhat hard to take 207
A little hard to take 250
Not at all hard to take 360
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 49
$100-199 25
$50-99 35
$25-49 25
< $25 324
Not specified 421

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Methylprednisolone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Prednisone (Deltasone) 14
Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG) (Gammaglobulin (IVIg)) 2
Methylprednisolone (Solu-Medrol Infusion) 2
Prednisolone (Panafcortelone) 2
Corticotropin (Acthar Gel HP) 1

Show all 16 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Methylprednisolone and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Prednisone (Deltasone) 8
Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG) (Gammaglobulin (IVIg)) 3
Corticotropin (Acthar Gel HP) 2
Alemtuzumab (Lemtrada) 1
Belimumab (Benlysta) 1

Show all 20 treatments patients report switching to

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111 patient evaluations for Methylprednisolone

Mar 30, 2016 (Started Feb 17, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for relapse MS (exacerbation))
  • Side effects
    Mild (generalized weakness (asthenia), increased insomnia)
  • 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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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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Oct 15, 2015 (Started Oct 13, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for relapse MS (exacerbation))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (sleeplessness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 100 mL Daily

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