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 17
Relapse MS (exacerbation) 24 12
Neuromyelitis Optica 10 4
Pain 9 2
Optic nerve inflammation (Optic neuritis) 8 5
Fatigue 5 3

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 3
Moderate 15
Mild 21
None 8

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Methylprednisolone Infusion

Side effect Patients
Metallic taste in mouth 8
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
6 g yearly 1
1,000 mg monthly 1
500 mg twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Methylprednisolone Infusion

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Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 69
Doctor's advice 8
Other 8
Side effects too severe 6
Did not seem to work 5
Change in health plan coverage 1
Expense 1
Personal research 1
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Duration

Currently taking Methylprednisolone Infusion

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 1

Stopped taking Methylprednisolone Infusion

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 62
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 40
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 18
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 24

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Methylprednisolone Infusion after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 1
Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG) (Gammaglobulin (IVIg)) 1

Patients stopped taking Methylprednisolone Infusion and switched to:

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

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16777216
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Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: None
Overall: None
Cognition: mild
Vision: mild
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: none
Walking: none
I am: vg
I have:
MS

See 16777216's full Methylprednisolone Infusion history

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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grandma5
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Sensation: Mild
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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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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Sex: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: none
Walking: moderate
I am: g
I have:
MS

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Apr 9, 2011 (Started Dec 01, 1999)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Side effects
    Mild (Metallic taste in mouth, Increased appetite, Irritability, Headaches, Weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Drink plenty of water due to being an infusion(drip directly in the body). Usually increase your appetite
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Increased appetite, Metallic taste in mouth, Headaches, Irritability, Weight gain

Feb 3, 2009 (Started Dec 01, 1999)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Nerve pain (neuralgia))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Metallic taste in mouth, Increased appetite, Irritability, Headaches, Weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Drink lots of water or white grape juice, have some hard candy or gum for the metallic taste. Also, try to eat healthy foods before and infusion to starve of excessive eating.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Increased appetite, Metallic taste in mouth, Headaches, Irritability, Weight gain

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