What is Methylprednisolone: Uses, Warnings & Interactions

Medrol is used to treat arthritis, psoriasis, ulcerative colitis, allergic disorders and other inflammatory conditions. Methylprednisolone is the generic version. On average Medrol is priced at about $28 for a supply of 21, 4 mg tablets. Luckily, you can use our SingleCare savings offer to receive a Medrol discount of up to 80% off the retail price at participating pharmacies near you.

Methylprednisolone Overview

BRAND NAMES:Methylpred-DP, Medrol, Medrol Dosepak

Generic Names:Methylprednisolone

Uses:Treats inflammation, severe allergies, flare-ups of ongoing illnesses, and many other medical problems. May also be used to decrease some symptoms of cancer. This medicine is a corticosteroid.

Therapeutic Classes:Endocrine-Metabolic Agent, Immune Suppressant

Forms:Tablet

How it’s taken:By mouth

What Form(s) Does Methylprednisolone Come In?

  • Tablet

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What are Common Methylprednisolone Doses?

  • Disp Pack 21 Tablets Therapy Pack
  • Tablet 4MG
  • Tablet 8MG
  • Tablet 16MG
  • Tablet 32MG
  • Bottle 100 Tablets

Common Methylprednisolone Prescriptions

  • Methylprednisolone 100 Tablets Bottle

    Methylprednisolone
    100 tablets Bottle

  • Methylprednisolone 21 Tablets Therapy Pack Disp Pack

    Methylprednisolone
    21 tablets therapy pack Disp Pack

  • Methylprednisolone 16MG Tablet

    Methylprednisolone
    16mg Tablet

  • Methylprednisolone 32MG Tablet

    Methylprednisolone
    32mg Tablet

  • Methylprednisolone 4MG Tablet

    Methylprednisolone
    4mg Tablet

  • Methylprednisolone 8MG Tablet

    Methylprednisolone
    8mg Tablet

How to Take Methylprednisolone

  • Take your medicine as directed. Your dose may need to be changed several times to find what works best for you.
  • If you are using this medicine for an ongoing illness, your dose may need to be changed occasionally. Some people take this medicine only every other day, which helps to decrease side effects.
  • Take your medicine in the morning, unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
  • Oral routeIt is best to take this medicine with food or milk.
  • Missed dose: Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
  • Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
  • Missed dose: Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Your dose may need to be changed several times to find what works best for you.
  • Oral routeIt is best to take this medicine with food or milk.
  • Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
  • Take your medicine in the morning, unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
  • If you are using this medicine for an ongoing illness, your dose may need to be changed occasionally. Some people take this medicine only every other day, which helps to decrease side effects.

Methylprednisolone Contraindications

  • This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to methylprednisolone, or if you have a fungus infection.

Methylprednisolone Warnings

  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have kidney disease, liver disease (including cirrhosis), adrenal gland problems, heart failure, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis, blood clotting problems, thyroid problems, mental health problems (including depression), myasthenia gravis, or stomach or bowel problems (including ulcer or diverticulitis). Tell your doctor if you have an infection (including herpes eye infection, tuberculosis, or threadworm). Also tell your doctor if you have a recent exposure to chickenpox or measles.
  • This medicine may cause the following problems:Increased risk of infectionChanges in mood or behaviorHigh blood pressureAdrenal gland problemsEye problems or changes in vision (including cataracts or glaucoma)Bone problems (including osteoporosis)Slow growth in childrenIncreased risk for cancer (including Kaposi€™s sarcoma)
  • If you use this medicine for a long time, tell your doctor about any extra stress or anxiety in your life, including other health concerns and emotional stress. Your dose might need to be changed for a short time while you have extra stress.
  • Do not stop using this medicine suddenly. Your doctor will need to slowly decrease your dose before you stop it completely.
  • Tell any doctor or dentist who treats you that you are using this medicine. This medicine may affect certain medical test results.
  • Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
  • Trouble seeing, eye pain, headache

Methylprednisolone Interactions

  • Some medicines can affect how methylprednisolone works. Tell your doctor if you are using any of the following:Cyclosporine, ketoconazole, phenobarbital, phenytoin, rifampin, troleandomycinAspirin, especially in high dosesBlood thinner (including warfarin)Diabetes medicine
  • This medicine may interfere with vaccines. Ask your doctor before you get a flu shot or any other vaccines.
  • Do not stop using this medicine suddenly. Your doctor will need to slowly decrease your dose before you stop it completely.
  • This medicine could cause you to get infections more easily. Tell your doctor right away if you have an infection or if you are exposed to chickenpox, measles, or other serious infection. Tell your doctor if you had a serious infection in the past, such as tuberculosis, herpes, or Strongyloides (threadworm).
  • Tell your doctor about any extra stress or anxiety in your life. Your dose might need to be changed for a short time.
  • Tell any doctor or dentist who treats you that you are using this medicine.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.

Methylprednisolone Side Effects

Serious Side Effects

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Bone pain, decrease in height
  • Dark freckles, skin color changes, coldness, weakness, tiredness, weight loss
  • Depression, unusual thoughts, feelings, or behaviors, trouble sleeping
  • Skin changes or growths
  • Severe stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, or red or black stools
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising
  • Trouble seeing, blurred vision or other changes in vision, eye pain, headache
  • Swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet, rapid weight gain
  • Fever, chills, cough, sore throat, body aches

Less Serious Side Effects

  • Round, puffy face
  • Increased appetite
  • Weight gain around your neck, upper back, breast, face, or waist