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
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
38
None
19

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

Hospitalization
Patients
58
Patients
34
Patients
27
Patients
25
Patients
25
Patients
24

Show all 83 reported side effects

Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently taking Steroid IV Infusion)
Dosage
1,000 mg monthly
Patients
10
Dosage
1,000mg as needed
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
230
Reason
Doctor's advice
Patients
36
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 295 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
2
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
13
Stopped Taking Steroid IV Infusion
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
190
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
11
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
17
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
9
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
10
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
28

Adherence


Always
Patients
107
84%
Usually
Patients
5
4%
Sometimes
Patients
6
5%
Never taken as prescribed
Patients
9
7%

Burden


Very hard to take
Patients
17
13%
Somewhat hard to take
Patients
35
28%
A little hard to take
Patients
39
31%
Not at all hard to take
Patients
36
28%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
17
13%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
3
2%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
2
2%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
4
3%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
38
30%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
63
50%

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Steroid IV Infusion and switched to:
Treatment name(s)
Prednisone (Deltasone, Prednisone Intensol, Encorton…)
Patients
2
Treatment name(s)
Dimethyl fumarate (Tecfidera)
Patients
1
Treatment name(s)
Medical marijuana (Cannabidiol/Tetrahydrocannabinol Balanced Mixture, Charlotte's Web, Medical marijuana salve…)
Patients
1
Treatment name(s)
Melphalan-prednisone (MP)
Patients
1
Treatment name(s)
Natalizumab (Tysabri, Antegren)
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)

  • 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.

  • 0 helpful marks
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

See Aturo's full Steroid IV Infusion history

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

  • 0 helpful marks
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: vg
I have:
MS

See talltimber's full Steroid IV Infusion history

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

  • 0 helpful marks
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