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 565 366
Prevent organ rejection 72 18
Pain 69 42
Stiffness/spasticity 67 31
Optic nerve inflammation (optic neuritis) 44 31

Show all 268 reasons taken


  • 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 298
Mild 268
None 200

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Methylprednisolone

Side effect Patients
Insomnia 75
Metallic taste in mouth 71
Weight gain 59
Increased appetite 45
Change in taste 39
Headaches 39

Show all 247 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Methylprednisolone

Dosage Patients
1 g daily 6
1 g monthly 5
4 mg daily 5
1,000 mg daily 4
4mg as needed 3
1 mixed daily 2
5 mg daily 2
8 mg daily 2
12 mg daily 2
1,000 mg monthly 2

See all 48 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Methylprednisolone

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Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 987
Doctor's advice 168
Did not seem to work 90
Side effects too severe 84
Other 72
Change in health plan coverage 9
Personal research 9
Expense 4
See all 1233 patients who've stopped taking Methylprednisolone

Duration

Currently taking Methylprednisolone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 12
2 - 5 years 9
5 - 10 years 27
10 years or more 14

Stopped taking Methylprednisolone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 856
1 - 6 months 128
6 months - 1 year 82
1 - 2 years 70
2 - 5 years 80
5 - 10 years 49
10 years or more 28
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 777
Usually 51
Sometimes 39
Never taken as prescribed 41
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 66
Somewhat hard to take 215
A little hard to take 255
Not at all hard to take 372
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 49
$100-199 25
$50-99 35
$25-49 26
< $25 340
Not specified 433

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Methylprednisolone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Prednisone (Deltasone) 17
Dimethyl fumarate (Tecfidera) 2
Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG) (Gammaglobulin (IVIg)) 2
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 2
Methylprednisolone (Solu-Medrol Infusion) 2

Show all 16 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Methylprednisolone and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Prednisone (Deltasone) 9
Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG) (Gammaglobulin (IVIg)) 3
Corticotropin (Acthar Gel HP) 2
Rituximab (Rituxan) 2
Alemtuzumab (Lemtrada) 1

Show all 22 treatments patients report switching to

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113 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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