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.

Purpose
Patients
Patients with evaluations
Perceived effectiveness

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects of Steroid IV Infusion

Severe
19
Moderate
51
Mild
34
None
19

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

Hospitalization
Patients
54
Patients
34
Patients
26
Patients
25
Patients
25
Patients
24

Show all 81 reported side effects

Dosages

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

Dosages based on patients currently taking Steroid IV Infusion.

Why Patients Stopped Taking Steroid IV Infusion (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason
Course of treatment ended
Patients
226
Reason
Doctor's advice
Patients
35
Reason
Did not seem to work
Patients
17
Reason
Other
Patients
15
Reason
Side effects too severe
Patients
13
Reason
Not indicated
Patients
6
Reason
Personal research
Patients
1
Reason
Expense
Patients
1
See all 291 patients who’ve stopped taking Steroid IV Infusion

Duration

Currently Taking Steroid IV Infusion
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
0
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
0
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
0
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
1
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
4
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
7
Stopped Taking Steroid IV Infusion
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
188
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
11
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
17
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
8
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
10
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
27

Adherence


Always
Patients
103
84%
Usually
Patients
5
4%
Sometimes
Patients
6
5%
Never
Patients
9
7%

Burden


Very
Patients
17
14%
Somewhat
Patients
33
27%
A little
Patients
38
31%
Not at all
Patients
35
28%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
63
105%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
16
27%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
3
5%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
2
3%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
3
5%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
36
60%

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Steroid IV Infusion and switched to:
Treatment name(s)
Prednisone (Deltasone, Encorton, Prednisone Intensol…)
Patients
1
Last updated:

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

See tcmomof2's full Steroid IV Infusion history

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: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

See Aturo's full Steroid IV Infusion history

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: Not specified 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: Not specified 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: Not specified 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: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

See talltimber's full Steroid IV Infusion history

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: Not specified monthly

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