What is Solu-Medrol?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Methylprednisolone

See also: Solu-Medrol Infusion

Solu-Medrol® is a brand name for methylprednisolone sodium succinate for IV or IM admininstration. It is used 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 129 53
Stiffness/spasticity 18 4
Optic nerve inflammation (optic neuritis) 10 5
Numbness and tingling with pins and needles 9 1
Fatigue 7 5

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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 20
Moderate 44
Mild 37
None 25

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Solu-Medrol

Side effect Patients
Insomnia 26
Increased appetite 16
Anxious mood 15
Restlessness (akathisia) 15
Heartburn 11
Headaches 9

Show all 87 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Solu-Medrol

Dosage Patients
1,000 mg daily 2
1,000mg as needed 2
1 g yearly 1
1 g monthly 1
1 g daily 1
62.5 mg monthly 1
200 mg every 3 months 1
250 mg monthly 1
62.5 mg weekly 1
24 mg daily 1

See all 15 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Solu-Medrol

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 205
Doctor's advice 22
Did not seem to work 21
Other 17
Side effects too severe 16
Personal research 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
See all 256 patients who've stopped taking Solu-Medrol

Duration

Currently taking Solu-Medrol

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

Stopped taking Solu-Medrol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 174
1 - 6 months 23
6 months - 1 year 18
1 - 2 years 15
2 - 5 years 13
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 7
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 107
Usually 5
Sometimes 9
Never taken as prescribed 5
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 10
Somewhat hard to take 41
A little hard to take 33
Not at all hard to take 42
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 9
$100-199 8
$50-99 6
$25-49 4
< $25 32
Not specified 67

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Solu-Medrol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Glatiramer acetate (Copaxone) 1
Methotrexate injections (Metoject) 1
Methylprednisolone (Solu-Medrol Infusion) 1

Patients stopped taking Solu-Medrol and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Corticotropin (Acthar Gel HP) 1
Dexamethasone (Decadron) 1
Glatiramer acetate (Copaxone) 1
Interferon beta-1a SubQ injection (Rebif) 1
Peginterferon beta-1a (Plegridy) 1
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18 patient evaluations for Solu-Medrol

Sep 22, 2015 (Started Sep 17, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for relapse MS (exacerbation))
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 31, 2011 (Started Dec 29, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (difficulty sleeping through night, anxiety and frustration)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 g Daily
Advice & Tips: I had no idea of the withdrawal I would experience. 24 hours after my last dose I started having convulsions, vomiting, sweating and the body wide pain was unbearable.
Cost: $200+ monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

May 4, 2011 (Started Oct 05, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for relapse MS (exacerbation))
  • Side effects
    Mild (increased appetite, sleepiness, irritability, shaky hands, insomnia)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1 g Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: shaky hands, increased appetite, irritability, sleepiness, insomnia

Oct 7, 2010 (Started Oct 05, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for relapse MS (exacerbation))
  • Side effects
    Mild (increased appetite, irritability, shaky hands, insomnia)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 1 g Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: shaky hands, increased appetite, irritability, sleepiness, insomnia

Oct 6, 2010 (Started Oct 05, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for relapse MS (exacerbation))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (irritability, shaky hands, insomnia)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 1 g Daily
Advice & Tips: Causes me irritability, to take this treatment I am required to go into the outpatient center at the hospital and with three kids and work, it's very burdensome.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: shaky hands, increased appetite, irritability, sleepiness, insomnia

  • 0 helpful marks
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