What is Methylprednisolone Infusion?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Methylprednisolone

Methylprednisolone as sodium succinate is used for IV infusion or IM admininstration. This corticosteroid is used as an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressant agent for diseases of hematologic, allergic, inflammatory, neoplastic, and autoimmune origin; also for graft-versus-host disease.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Multiple sclerosis 47 18
Relapse MS (exacerbation) 25 13
Neuromyelitis optica 10 4
Pain 9 2
Optic nerve inflammation (Optic neuritis) 8 5
Fatigue 5 3

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 3
Moderate 16
Mild 21
None 8

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Methylprednisolone Infusion

Side effect Patients
Metallic taste in mouth 9
Increased appetite 7
Weight gain 5
Headaches 4
Inability to sleep 3
Insomnia 3

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Methylprednisolone Infusion

Dosage Patients
1,000 mg monthly 1

Why patients stopped taking Methylprednisolone Infusion

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 71
Other 9
Doctor's advice 8
Side effects too severe 6
Did not seem to work 5
Change in health plan coverage 1
Expense 1
Personal research 1
See all 93 patients who've stopped taking Methylprednisolone Infusion

Duration

Currently taking Methylprednisolone Infusion

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
2 - 5 years 1

Stopped taking Methylprednisolone Infusion

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 65
1 - 6 months 8
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 10
5 - 10 years 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 41
Usually 2
Sometimes 5
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 10
A little hard to take 19
Not at all hard to take 15
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 4
$100-199 2
$50-99 2
$25-49 0
< $25 15
Not specified 25

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Methylprednisolone Infusion after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 1
Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG) (Gammaglobulin (IVIg)) 1
Methylprednisolone (Solu-Medrol Infusion) 1

Patients stopped taking Methylprednisolone Infusion and switched to:

Treatment Patients
ILD Phase II/III Rituximab Versus Cyclophosphamide RECITAL Study 1
Methylprednisolone (Solu-Medrol Infusion) 1
Prednisone (Deltasone) 1
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5 patient evaluations for Methylprednisolone Infusion

Oct 15, 2015 (Started Oct 13, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Relapse MS (exacerbation))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Sleeplessness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 100 mL Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 7, 2015 (Started Mar 03, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Relapse MS (exacerbation))
  • Side effects
    Mild (Elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia), Happiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: So, I had to be taken to the local infusion center every day around noon (1.5 miles). I had them give me a new iv each time so as to not deal with anything outside of the hospital. It was a relatively pleasant experience. The first infusion caused me to become slightly more more upbeat than is typical for a short time. You know, the feeling when you are just a little bit high. I should also note that it cause surprisingly high blood sugar levels for several hours after each infusion, but the doctors never noticed since the only ran tests before each infusion. Also it cost $3300, but I had already met my deductible so it was free.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Feb 11, 2013 (Started Feb 07, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Relapse MS (exacerbation))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Insomnia)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 1 g Daily

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