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Generic name: Methylprednisolone
Trade name: Medralone
Other names: Duralone, Medipred, Medrol, Predacorten, Solu-Medrol, Methylprednisolone

Drug type:Methylprednisolone is in a class of drugs called steroids. Methylprednisolone reduces swelling and decreases the body’s immune response.

Methylprednisolone is used to treat many different conditions. It is used to treat endocrine (hormonal) disorders when the body does not produce enough of its own steroids. It is also used to treat many immune and allergic disorders, such as arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, asthma, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn’s disease.

What are the possible side effects of methylprednisolone?

If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking methylprednisolone and seek emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately:

  • an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives)
  • increased blood pressure (severe headache or blurred vision)
  • sudden weight gain (more than 5 pounds in a day or two)

Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take methylprednisolone and talk to your doctor if you experience

  • insomnia
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • upset stomach
  • fatigue
  • dizziness
  • muscle weakness or joint pain
  • problems with diabetes control
  • increased hunger or thirst

Other side effects that occur only rarely, usually with high doses of methylprednisolone, may include

  • acne
  • increased hair growth
  • thinning of the skin
  • cataracts
  • glaucoma
  • osteoporosis
  • roundness of the face
  • changes in behavior

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 January 2010 09:51