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Medrol Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is methylprednisolone (Medrol)?
- What are the possible side effects of methylprednisolone (Medrol)?
- What is the most important information I should know about methylprednisolone (Medrol)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking methylprednisolone (Medrol)?
- How should I take methylprednisolone (Medrol)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Medrol)?
- What happens if I overdose (Medrol)?
- What should I avoid while taking methylprednisolone (Medrol)?
- What other drugs will affect methylprednisolone (Medrol)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Medrol)?
Call your doctor for instructions if you miss a dose of methylprednisolone.
What happens if I overdose (Medrol)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
An overdose of methylprednisolone is not expected to produce life threatening symptoms. However, long term use of high steroid doses can lead to symptoms such as thinning skin, easy bruising, changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially in your face, neck, back, and waist), increased acne or facial hair, menstrual problems, impotence, or loss of interest in sex.
What should I avoid while taking methylprednisolone (Medrol)?
Avoid being near people who are sick or have infections. Call your doctor for preventive treatment if you are exposed to chicken pox or measles. These conditions can be serious or even fatal in people who are using steroid medication.
Do not receive a "live" vaccine while using methylprednisolone. The vaccine may not work as well during this time, and may not fully protect you from disease. Live vaccines include measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG), oral polio, rotavirus, smallpox, typhoid, yellow fever, varicella (chickenpox), H1N1 influenza, and nasal flu vaccine.
Avoid drinking alcohol while you are taking methylprednisolone.
What other drugs will affect methylprednisolone (Medrol)?
There are many other medicines that can interact with steroids. Below is only a partial list of these medicines:
- aspirin (taken on a daily basis or at high doses);
- a diuretic (water pill);
- a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven);
- cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune);
- insulin or oral diabetes medication;
- ketoconazole (Nizoral);
- rifampin (Rifadin, Rifater, Rifamate, Rimactane); or
- seizure medications such as phenytoin (Dilantin) or phenobarbital (Solfoton).
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with methylprednisolone. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about methylprednisolone.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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