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 552 354
Relapse MS (exacerbation) 253 200
Prevent organ rejection 72 17
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 135
Moderate 284
Mild 254
None 188

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Methylprednisolone

Side effect Patients
Insomnia 72
Metallic taste in mouth 68
Weight gain 56
Increased appetite 43
Sleeplessness 40
Taste changed 39

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Methylprednisolone

Dosage Patients
4 mg daily 6
1,000 mg daily 5
1 g daily 4
1 other daily 2
2 mg daily 2
4 mg twice daily 2
1,000 mg monthly 2
4mg as needed 2
500mg as needed 2
6 g yearly 1

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Why patients stopped taking Methylprednisolone

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Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 947
Doctor's advice 159
Did not seem to work 88
Side effects too severe 78
Other 67
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 3
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 9
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 13
5 - 10 years 14
10 years or more 10

Stopped taking Methylprednisolone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 813
1 - 6 months 125
6 months - 1 year 82
1 - 2 years 68
2 - 5 years 81
5 - 10 years 47
10 years or more 24
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 746
Usually 45
Sometimes 37
Never taken as prescribed 33
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 61
Somewhat hard to take 205
A little hard to take 244
Not at all hard to take 351
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 49
$100-199 25
$50-99 34
$25-49 24
< $25 319
Not specified 410

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Methylprednisolone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Prednisone (Deltasone) 11
Methylprednisolone (Solu-Medrol Infusion) 3
Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG) (Gammaglobulin (IVIg)) 2
Corticotropin (Acthar Gel HP) 1
Dimethyl fumarate (Tecfidera) 1

Show all 14 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 HP) 2
Methylprednisolone (Solu-Medrol Infusion) 2
Alemtuzumab (Lemtrada) 1

Show all 18 treatments patients report switching to

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111 patient evaluations for Methylprednisolone

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Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: None
Overall: None
Cognition: none
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: none
Walking: none
I am: vg
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 (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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aj81189
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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blackmanathome
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Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: mild
Speech: mild
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

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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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