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 559 364
Prevent organ rejection 72 18
Pain 69 42
Stiffness/spasticity 67 31
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
142
Moderate
293
Mild
265
None
196

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Methylprednisolone

Side effect Patients
Insomnia 75
Metallic taste in mouth 70
Weight gain 58
Increased appetite 45
Sleeplessness 40
Taste changed 39

Show all 324 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Methylprednisolone

Dosage Patients
1 g daily 7
4 mg daily 6
1,000 mg daily 6
1 g monthly 3
8 mg daily 3
4mg as needed 3
500 mg monthly 2
1,000 mg monthly 2
1,000 mg daily 2
1,000mg as needed 2

See all 55 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Methylprednisolone

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Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 974
Doctor's advice 166
Did not seem to work 89
Side effects too severe 83
Other 71
Change in health plan coverage 9
Personal research 9
Expense 4
See all 1217 patients who've stopped taking Methylprednisolone

Duration

Currently taking Methylprednisolone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 11
2 - 5 years 18
5 - 10 years 27
10 years or more 11

Stopped taking Methylprednisolone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 845
1 - 6 months 126
6 months - 1 year 80
1 - 2 years 70
2 - 5 years 80
5 - 10 years 48
10 years or more 27
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 769
Usually 49
Sometimes 38
Never taken as prescribed 40
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 65
Somewhat hard to take 208
A little hard to take 255
Not at all hard to take 368
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 49
$100-199 25
$50-99 35
$25-49 25
< $25 331
Not specified 431

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Methylprednisolone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Prednisone (Deltasone) 17
Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG) (Gammaglobulin (IVIg)) 2
Methylprednisolone (Solu-Medrol Infusion) 2
Prednisolone (Panafcortelone) 2
Corticotropin (Acthar Gel HP) 1

Show all 15 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 21 treatments patients report switching to

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112 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

  • 0 helpful marks

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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