What is Steroid IV Infusion?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Intravenous (IV) steroids are used to treat an acute MS attack also known as an exacerbation or relapse. They are generally given daily for three to five days. IV steroids such as Solu-Medrol (methylprednisolone) are used to hasten the recovery from the relapse.

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

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Severe
19
Moderate
51
Mild
34
None
19

Commonly reported side effects, conditions, and hospitalizations associated with Steroid IV Infusion

Hospitalization 50
34
26
25
25
24

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Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently taking Steroid IV Infusion)
Dosage Patients
1,000mg as needed 9
1,000 mg monthly 9
1 g monthly 7
1,000 mg daily 6
as needed 4
1 mg daily 4
100 mg daily 4
500mg as needed 3
500 mg monthly 3
500 mg daily 3

Dosages based on patients currently taking Steroid IV Infusion.

Why Patients Stopped Taking Steroid IV Infusion (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 225
Doctor's advice 35
Did not seem to work 17
Other 15
Side effects too severe 13
Not indicated 6
Personal research 1
Expense 1
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Duration

Currently Taking Steroid IV Infusion
Duration Patients
0-1 month 0
1-3 months 0
3-6 months 1
6 months-1 year 2
1-2 years 4
2 years or more 12
Stopped Taking Steroid IV Infusion
Duration Patients
0-1 month 187
1-3 months 11
3-6 months 17
6 months-1 year 8
1-2 years 10
2 years or more 27
Adherence
Always
103 84%
Usually
5 4%
Sometimes
6 5%
Never
9 7%
Burden
Very
17 14%
Somewhat
33 27%
A little
38 31%
Not at all
35 28%
Cost per month
$200+
16 27%
$100-199
3 5%
$50-99
2 3%
$25-49
3 5%
36 60%

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Steroid IV Infusion and switched to:
Treatment name(s) Patients
Prednisone (Deltasone, Encorton, Prednisone Intensol…) 1
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22 patient evaluations for Steroid IV Infusion

tcmomof2
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tcmomof2
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Relapse: Moderate
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

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Jun 20, 2013 (Started Jun 18, 2013)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Relapse MS (exacerbation): Moderate
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Elevated mood.

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Aturo
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Aturo
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: severe
I am: g
I have:
MS

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Nov 21, 2011 (Started Nov 08, 2010)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Pain: Slight
  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Slight
  • Perceived effectiveness for Pain in legs: Slight
  • Perceived effectiveness for Pins and needles: Slight
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This treatment program is for 5 days I was in the hospital at the time. This exacerbation was very rough I bed bound after release from hospital after 3 weeks the clock started to turn feeling better.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Increased appetite, Constant hunger

May 24, 2011 (Started Nov 08, 2010)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Slight
  • Side Effects: Mild
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Somewhat
Advice & Tips: If there are enough groceries in the house BUY ALOT !!! this medication makes you eat like there is no tomorrow.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Increased appetite, Constant hunger

Nov 13, 2010 (Started Nov 08, 2010)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Moderate
  • Side Effects: Moderate
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Very
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Be Sure to Stock the Cupboards talk about eating WOW !!!!
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Increased appetite, Constant hunger

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talltimber
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talltimber
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Mild
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: mild
Speech: mild
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

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Apr 14, 2011 (Started May 15, 1996)

  • Perceived effectiveness for Multiple Sclerosis: Moderate
  • Side Effects: None
  • Adherence: Always
  • Burden: Not at all
Dosage: 1 g Monthly
Advice & Tips: I was advised that it is not necessary, according to my age, and no need for steroid enhancement. It really helped me with my muscle use and I felt better. Like the oil needed for the tinman.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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