What is Medrol DosePak?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Methylprednisolone

Medrol® Dosepak™ is a brand name for methylprednisolone primarily used as an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressant agent in the treatment of a variety of diseases including those of hematologic, allergic, inflammatory, neoplastic, and autoimmune origin.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Multiple Sclerosis 9 2
Relapse MS (exacerbation) 9 7
Pain 6 3
Inflammation in joints 5 2
Increase effect of another treatment 4 0
Anaphylaxis 2 4

Show all 41 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 4
Moderate 15
Mild 11
None 10

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Medrol DosePak

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 5
Insomnia 3
Anxious mood 2
Increased insomnia 2
Nausea 2
Abdominal bloating 1

Show all 25 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Medrol DosePak

Dosage Patients
4mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Medrol DosePak

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 44
Did not seem to work 5
Doctor's advice 3
Side effects too severe 2
See all 49 patients who’ve stopped taking Medrol DosePak

Duration

Currently taking Medrol DosePak

Duration Patients
5 - 10 years 1

Stopped taking Medrol DosePak

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 40
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 32
Usually 7
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 8
A little hard to take 8
Not at all hard to take 23
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 5
< $25 20
Not specified 15

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Medrol DosePak after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Prednisone (Deltasone) 1

Patients stopped taking Medrol DosePak and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Prednisone (Deltasone) 1
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6 patient evaluations for Medrol DosePak

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tigger13039
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tigger13039
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

See tigger13039's full Medrol DosePak history

Jan 5, 2011 (Started Dec 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Support heart health)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 6, 2010 (Started Dec 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Support heart health)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 4 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Ended up taking the daily amount at one time just to remember to take it.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
Ellaj35
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Ellaj35
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: mild
Speech: mild
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

See Ellaj35's full Medrol DosePak history

Aug 19, 2010 (Started Aug 13, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Inflammation)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Dizziness upon moving)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This steroid did not have much effect on the symptoms as it was prescribed prior to having a Dx.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Dizziness upon moving

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tmmjclole
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tmmjclole
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Relapse: Moderate
Sensation: Severe
Overall: Severe
Cognition: severe
Vision: moderate
Speech: severe
Swallowing: severe
Upper limb: severe
Walking: moderate
I am: vb
I have:
MS

See tmmjclole's full Medrol DosePak history

Aug 9, 2010 (Started Aug 05, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Relapse MS (exacerbation))
  • Side effects
    Mild (jump out of skin)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 mg Daily
Side effects: jump out of skin

  • 0 helpful marks
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