Drug Class and Mechanism of Action of Medrol
Medrol relates to corticosteroid hormone drug class. It acts by decreasing the reaction of the patient’s immune system to certain disease and reducing such symptoms of various medical conditions as swelling and redness.
Theurapetic Uses of Medrol
Medrol is intended to treat different medical conditions like those below: allergic disorders, arthritis, blood diseases, breathing problems, certain types of the cancer, various eye diseases, intestinal problems as well as collagen and skin diseases.
However this medication may also be prescribed instead of the certain hormones.
Direction of Use of Medrol
Medrol should be taken orally within the meal or with milk or according to your doctor directions. The drug is to be taken with the glass of water or as your doctor directs you to do. The dosage of the drug as well as the therapy period is based on the patient’s medical condition.
In case you take one dose a day it is advised to use it before 9 o’clock in the morning. In case you use the drug every other day or on any other but not every day schedule then it is advised to mark the calendar to remember about you next dosage.
In case you are taking Medrol tapered dose pack then you should strictly follow the dosage schedule. Contact your doctor if something remains unclear to you.
Do not eat grapefruits or drink its juice within the medrol therapy period. It is caused by the fact that the grapefruit may increase the amount of the drug in the body.
It is not advised to stop the treatment suddenly in case of the prolonged use of the drug as this may lead to worsening of certain conditions. The dosage of the drug should be decreased gradually to avoid such symptoms as weakness, weight loss, nausea or extreme fatigue.
Let your doctor know in case your condition remains the same or becomes worse.
Dose of Medrol, if Missed
In case you have missed to take the drug within your daily treatment period then you should take it as soon as you have remembered about it. However skip it in case it is already the time for your next dosage and follow your common schedule. Avoid taking two doses at the same time.
In case you have tapered dose pack therapy or use the drug every other day then you should contact your health-care provider to learn about you actions in case of the missed dose.
How to Store Medrol
The medication should be kept at the temperature between 68-77 degrees F (20-25 degrees C) in a dark and dry place beyond the reach of children and pets. Avoid keeping the medication in the bathroom.
Avoid flushing the drug in the toilet. In case you don’t need the drug anymore you should discard it in a proper way. Contact your doctor to learn about the proper way of discarding the drug.
More Information About Medrol
You doctor may know about the drugs you take thus don’t stop, change or start taking any other medications within therapy period without first talking to the doctor.
Do not use the medication in combination with live vaccines as this may cause serious interactions.
Let your doctor know about any meds you use before starting Medrol treatment and especially of such drugs as: aldesleukin, aspirin, birth control pills, blood thinners, bupropion, cyclosporine, drugs for diabetes, drugs that cause potassium loss, estrogens, mifepristone, natalizumab, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, aprepitant; ketoconazole; erythromycin; rifampin; certain anti-seizure medications, herbal products.
Look through the leaflets of all the drugs used as they may content pain relievers that may lead to the high risk of stomach bleeding. In case you are unsure what to do contact your doctor for further instructions.
Let lab personnel and the doctor know you use this drug as it may affect the laboratory test result.
In case you think you have overdose look for emergency help at once. Avoid giving this drug to anybody else.
Various laboratory tests are to be taken from time to time within the treatment period. The use of the drug within the long period of time should be accompanied with the patient wearing identification for this fact.
Precautions to be Taken While Taking Medrol
Tell your doctor about any allergies you have ever experienced before using this medication.
It is not advised to use the drug for those patients having untreated active fungal infections.
Furthermore tell your doctor about your medical history before the start of the treatment and especially about following conditions: bleeding problems, history of blood clots, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, certain heart problems, diabetes, certain eye diseases, kidney disease, current infections, severe liver disease, certain mental/mood condition, seizures, stomach problems, underactive thyroid gland, untreated mineral problems.
The drug therapy may cause dizzines therefore it is not advised to operate any machinery in case you are not sure you can totally control your body. In case you got any injuries or infections within the therapy period as well as in one year after it tell your doctor about it. The use of the medication within the prolonged period of time may cause the decrease of the steroids production in your body. In such case you may need your dosage schedule to be adjusted.
Tell your doctor or dentist that you use this medicine before they will provide you with any treatment or surgery. It is not advised to get any vaccinations within the therapy period.
It is not advised to contact with the patients experiencing chickenpox or measles otherwise contact your doctor as soon as possible.
In case you have ever experienced ulcer then you should limit your alcohol intake within the therapy period as it may cause stomach bleeding.
The medication may increase the blood sugar level in case you experience diabetes. Monitor your blood sugar level on the regular basis. Contact you doctor at once in case you experience severe thirst and urination. This may require certain adjusting of your anti-diabetic drug dosage or diet.
The patients in age should use this medication with caution as they may be more sensitive to its adverse effects.
The use of the medication should be done with caution as the prolonged period of the treatment may cause decrease of the child’s growth rate. You should check your child’s growth rate on the regular basis and contact your doctor in case something is unclear for you.
The use of the drug within the pregnancy and breast-feeding periods may be dangerous. Contact your doctor before taking this medication in case you are pregnant or at the breast-feeding period. Contact your doctor in case your baby experiences constant nausea/vomiting, severe diarrhea, or weakness after your Medrol therapy period.
Possible Adverse Effects of Medrol
The use of the Medrol may cause such side effects as stomach upset, headache, dizzines, and changes in menstrual period, difficult sleeping and weight gain. Contact your doctor in case your experience these side effects for a prolonged period of time or they become worse.
However many people using this medication don’t experience any side effects at all.
Contact your doctor at once in case you have any of the following serious side effects: bone/joint pain, easy bruising/bleeding, black stools, vomit that looks like coffee grounds, severe stomach/abdominal pain, increased thirst/urination, fast/pounding/irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, swelling of the ankles/feet, persistent weight gain, puffy face, unusual hair growth, thinning skin, slow wound healing, persistent fever/cough/sore throat, painful urination, eye pain/discharge, muscle weakness/pain, mental/mood changes, vision changes, seizures, unusual skin growths.
Very dangerous allergic reactions are possible though they occur too seldom. However you should contact your doctor immediately in case you experience any of the following symptoms: rash, itching/swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.