METHYLPREDNISOLONE (meth ill pred NISS oh lone) is a corticosteroid. It is commonly used to treat inflammation of the skin, joints, lungs, and other organs. Common conditions treated include asthma, allergies, and arthritis. It is also used for other conditions, such as blood disorders and diseases of the adrenal glands.
This medicine is for injection or infusion into a vein. It is also for injection into a muscle. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
bloody or tarry stools
changes in vision
hallucination, loss of contact with reality
signs and symptoms of high blood sugar such as dizziness; dry mouth; dry skin; fruity breath; nausea; stomach pain; increased hunger or thirst; increased urination
signs and symptoms of infection like fever or chills; cough; sore throat; pain or trouble passing urine
trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
changes in emotions or mood
excessive hair growth on the face or body
pain, redness, or irritation at site where injected
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
live virus vaccines
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
aspirin and aspirin-like medicines
certain antibiotics like erythromycin, clarithromycin, troleandomycin
certain medicines for diabetes
certain medicines for fungal infection like ketoconazole
certain medicines for seizures like carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin
certain medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin
female hormones, like estrogens and birth control pills
NSAIDS, medicines for pain and inflammation, like ibuprofen or naproxen
other medicines for myasthenia gravis
This does not apply.
This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
eye disease, vision problems
high blood pressure
infection (especially a virus infection such as chickenpox, cold sores, or herpes)
recently received or scheduled to receive a vaccine
stomach or intestine problems
an unusual or allergic reaction to lactose, methylprednisolone, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice. You may develop a severe reaction. Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to take.
Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.
This medicine may increase your risk of getting an infection. Tell your doctor or health care professional if you are around anyone with measles or chickenpox, or if you develop sores or blisters that do not heal properly.
This medicine may affect blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, check with your doctor or health care professional before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetic medicine.
Tell your doctor or health care professional right away if you have any change in your eyesight.
Using this medicine for a long time may increase your risk of low bone mass. Talk to your doctor about bone health.