Solu-Medrol is a prescription medication approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to reduce inflammation. Solu-Medrol is also known by its drug name, methylprednisolone. It is commonly prescribed for adults with relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS) during acute exacerbations. It can rapidly improve weakness, vision and mobility symptoms and shorten hospital stay. Solu-Medrol is not a cure for MS, but it can help decrease symptoms associated with inflammation during MS flare-ups.
Solu-Medrol is a corticosteroid, a type of hormone that suppresses immune system response. Solu-Medrol is believed to work by reducing the numbers of B cells and T cells (types of white blood cells) and inhibiting genes that control production of cytokines. B cells, T cells and cytokines are all immune system factors that contribute to the attack on the nervous system in acute exacerbations of relapsing MS.
How do I take it?
Solu-Medrol is usually administered intravenously in high doses periodically over four days. It may be given during hospitalization or on an outpatient basis.
Always follow your doctor’s instructions exactly when taking Solu-Medrol.
People taking Solu-Medrol commonly experience several side effects that gradually go away as the body adjusts to the medication. These include upset stomach, restlessness, sleep disturbances, headache, sweating and new growth of hair on the face or body.
People taking Solu-Medrol or other corticosteroids are more susceptible to infection due to the immunosuppressive nature of the drug. Take extra precautions against infection such as frequent hand-washing. Avoid contact with anyone who is or has recently been sick. Tell your doctor immediately if you develop signs of illness such as fever, sore throat or a cough. Do not obtain vaccinations with live or attenuated viruses while on Solu-Medrol, and avoid contact with people who have recently received the oral polio vaccine.
Like all corticosteroids, Solu-Medrol can cause psychological side effects such as mood swings, aggression, agitation or nervousness. Notify your doctor if these changes become intense or difficult to manage.
A prolonged course of Solu-Medrol can cause more serious symptoms. Notify your doctor immediately if you experience swelling in the face or lower extremities, rapid weight gain, acne or other skin problems, changes in hair, joint pain, pronounced increase in thirst, unexplained bruising, or changes in menstrual cycle. If you take corticosteroids for several weeks or months, your body may require several months before side effects subside and your body returns to normal.
For more information on this treatment, visit:
Solu-Medrol — RxList
Solu-Medrol — National Multiple Sclerosis Society
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