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.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Multiple Sclerosis 136 64
Relapse MS (exacerbation) 69 38
Improve mobility 21 6
Stiffness/Spasticity 16 10
Pain 10 8
Increase effect of another treatment 7 3

Show all 47 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 20
Moderate 58
Mild 49
None 20

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Steroid IV Infusion

Side effect Patients
Metallic taste in mouth 27
Flushing 20
Blush 18
Overheated 18
Weight gain 15
Pain 13

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Steroid IV Infusion

Dosage Patients
30 mcg monthly 1
1.5 hr daily 1
1,000 mg daily 1
1other as needed 1
500mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Steroid IV Infusion

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 233
Doctor's advice 36
Did not seem to work 17
Other 15
Side effects too severe 13
Expense 1
Personal research 1
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Duration

Currently taking Steroid IV Infusion

Duration Patients
1-2 years 1
2 years or more 5

Stopped taking Steroid IV Infusion

Duration Patients
0-1 month 208
1-3 months 11
3-6 months 17
6 months-1 year 10
1-2 years 10
2 years or more 29
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 128
Usually 5
Sometimes 6
Never taken as prescribed 8
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 21
Somewhat hard to take 37
A little hard to take 47
Not at all hard to take 42
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 19
$100-199 2
$50-99 5
$25-49 3
< $25 46
Not specified 72

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Steroid IV Infusion and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Prednisone (Deltasone) 2
Melphalan-prednisone (MP) 1
Natalizumab (Tysabri) 1
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22 patient evaluations for Steroid IV Infusion

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tcmomof2
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tcmomof2
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
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)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Relapse MS (exacerbation))
  • side effects
    Mild (Bad taste in mouth, Jittery feeling)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Elevated mood.

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

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Nov 21, 2011 (Started Nov 08, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Pain in legs)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Pins and needles)
  • side effects
    Mild (Constant hunger, Increased appetite)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
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)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • side effects
    Mild (Constant hunger, Increased appetite)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
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)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • side effects
    Moderate (Increased appetite)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
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: 3 stars
Sensation: None
Overall: Mild
Cognition: mild
Vision: mild
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

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Apr 14, 2011 (Started May 15, 1996)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
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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