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Back Pain and Methylprednisolone

Methylprednisolone is a type of oral steroid is typically prescribed for low back pain. Oral Steroids are non-narcotic prescription drugs that are effective for treating inflammation. These drugs are sometimes used for treating low back pain caused by degenerative disc disease.

Oral steroids are generally limited to short term use to prevent complications. They are also used only for flairs of severe pain.

Effect of Methylprednisolone on Back Pain

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Methylprednisolone blocks the release of chemicals in the body that are responsible for producing inflammation. People suffering from back pain caused by inflammatory disorders in the spine may benefit from Methylprednisolone. This agent is used to for treating various conditions ranging from, skin allergy to breathing disorders.

Read more details about Methylprednisolone.

How to Use Methylprednisolone

Oral steroids for low back pain are prescribed in a Medrol Dose Pack which starts with a high dose that jump-starts the effect of the drug and provide initial low back pain relief, then decreasing the dose over five or six days.

Methylprednisolone should be taken exactly as directed by your doctor. This medication should not be taken in larger amounts or for longer than prescribed.

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Medrol Dose Pack

If you miss a dose, call your doctor or pharmacist for instructions.

Sometimes making changes to your dose may be recommended by your doctor to make sure that you get the best results from Methylpresolone. Certain conditions may change your need for steroids, these include: serious illness, fever, infection, or if you have surgery or a medical emergency.

What are the precautions when taking this medicine?

• If you have been taking this medicine for several weeks, talk with healthcare provider before stopping. You may want to gradually withdraw this medicine.

• Wear disease medical alert identification.

• Talk with healthcare provider before receiving any vaccinations. Use with this medicine may either increase the risk of serious infection or make the vaccination less effective.

• Do not run out of this medicine.

• Avoid exposure to chickenpox and measles.

• Do not take antacids within 2 hours of this medicine.

• If you have diabetes, talk with healthcare provider. This medicine can increase blood sugar.

• If you have glaucoma or cataracts, talk with healthcare provider.

• If you have high blood pressure, talk with healthcare provider.

• If you have osteoporosis, talk with healthcare provider.

• If you have stomach ulcers, talk with healthcare provider.

• If you have tuberculosis, talk with healthcare provider.

• If you have a weakened heart, talk with healthcare provider.

• Tell dentists, surgeons, and other healthcare providers that you use this medicine.

• Check medicines with healthcare provider. This medicine may not mix well with other medicines.

• Avoid alcohol (includes wine, beer, and liquor).

• Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are breast-feeding.

What are some possible side effects of this medicine?

• High blood sugar. Usually reverses when stopped.

• Risk of infection. Avoid people with infections, colds, or flu.

• Belly pain.

• Nausea or vomiting. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.

• Weight gain.

• Mood changes.

• Change in body fat distribution.

• Weakened bones with long-term use.

• Muscle weakness.

• Skin changes (acne, stretch marks, slow healing, hair growth).

• Cataracts or glaucoma with long-term use.

• For females, vaginal yeast infection. Report itching or discharge.

Reasons to call healthcare provider immediately

• If you suspect an overdose, call your local poison control center or emergency department immediately.

• Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.

• Signs or symptoms of infection. These include a fever of 100.5 degrees or higher, chills, severe sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, increased sputum or change in color, painful urination, mouth sores, wound that will not heal, or anal itching or pain.

• Feeling extremely tired, weak, or irritable; trembling; having a fast heartbeat, confusion, sweating, or dizziness if you missed a dose or recently stopped this medicine.

• Difficulty breathing.

• Significant weight gain.

• Severe nausea or vomiting.

• Sudden change in vision.

• If exposure to chickenpox has occurred and you have not had chickenpox or been vaccinated against it.

• Any rash.

• No improvement in condition or feeling worse.

References

  1. http://www.drugs.com/mtm/methylprednisolone-dose-pack.html

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