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 134 63
Improve mobility 21 6
Stiffness/spasticity 16 10
Pain 10 8
Increase effect of another treatment 7 3

Show all 37 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 21
Moderate 56
Mild 49
None 20

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Steroid IV Infusion

Side effect Patients
Metallic taste in mouth 27
Facial flushing 19
Flushing 19
Feeling hot/overheating 18
Weight gain 16
Pain 13

Show all 56 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Steroid IV Infusion

Dosage Patients
1 mg daily 1
3 mg daily 1
5 mg daily 1
1,000 mg monthly 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 231
Doctor's advice 36
Did not seem to work 16
Other 16
Side effects too severe 13
Expense 1
Personal research 1
See all 278 patients who've stopped taking Steroid IV Infusion

Duration

Currently taking Steroid IV Infusion

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Steroid IV Infusion

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 206
1 - 6 months 28
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 10
2 - 5 years 17
5 - 10 years 11
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 127
Usually 5
Sometimes 6
Never taken as prescribed 8
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 22
Somewhat hard to take 37
A little hard to take 47
Not at all hard to take 40
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 19
$100-199 2
$50-99 5
$25-49 3
< $25 46
Not specified 71

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Steroid IV Infusion after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Interferon beta-1a SubQ injection (Rebif) 1

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

Oct 3, 1993 (Started Sep 13, 1993)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Other)
  • Side effects
    Severe (facial flushing, flushing, feeling hot/overheating, uneasy feeling, weight gain, fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 250 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: can do damage to the body long term I avoid at all measures unless I am really ill
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: facial flushing, feeling hot/overheating, flushing, weight gain, uneasy feeling, fatigue, fatigue

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