What is Solu-MEDROL?
Solu-MEDROL (methylprednisolone) is a prescription infusion medication used to prevent inflammation. As a result, it is an ideal form of treatment for conditions such as arthritis, lupus, allergic and endocrine disorders, psoriasis, and ulcerative colitis. It also treats any ailment that may cause inflammation in a major organ, blood cells, or nervous system.
Important Safety Information
While effective in preventing inflammation, Solu-MEDROL may weaken the immune system. Therefore, talk to your doctor about your entire medical history — including known allergies, as well as any illnesses and/or infections you’ve recently experienced.
In addition, tell your medical provider about whether you’ve ever had any of the following conditions:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Myasthenia gravis
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Thyroid disorder
Some medications may have harmful interactions with Solu-MEDROL. Tell your doctor about all medications you’re currently taking — regardless of whether they’re prescribed, over-the-counter, herbal supplements, or vitamins.
What is the most important information I should know about Solu-MEDROL?
Live vaccines could have a harmful effect on you while undergoing treatment with Solu-MEDROL. Avoid scheduling them while undergoing treatment.
Tell your doctor if you’ve had intestinal surgery, parasites that cause diarrhea, or low levels of potassium in your blood. These may have a negative reaction to Solu-MEDROL.
It is unknown whether Solu-MEDROL would harm a fetus. Therefore, talk with your doctor if you are pregnant or are planning on becoming pregnant. Solu-MEDROL may also affect a child’s growth rate.
Depending on the condition being treated, Solu-MEDROL may cause symptoms to worsen. If this occurs, do not stop the medication suddenly. Talk to your doctor about the possibility of gradually reducing the dosage. This is done to prevent experiencing withdrawal symptoms — such as dizziness, nausea, muscle pain, and headaches.
Solu-MEDROL Side Effects
As with any prescription medication, Solu-MEDROL carries the risk of side effects. The most common side effects of Solu-MEDROL include:
- Increased sweating
- Weight gain
- Muscle pain
- Stomach discomfort
- Changes in menstruation
- Slow wound healing
In rare cases, it’s possible to experience more serious side effects. Seek emergency medical care if you experience any of the following:
- Eye pain
- Blurred vision
- Seeing halos around lights
- Tunnel vision
- Shortness of breath
- Coughing up blood
- Vomit that looks like coffee grounds
- Irregular heartbeat
- Unusual pain in your limbs
- Numbness or tingling
- Back pain
- Blood in your stools
- Changes in personality
Also, seek emergency care if you experience any signs of an allergic reaction. Common signs include skin rash, hives, breathing difficulties, chest tightness, and/or swelling of the lips, tongue, lips, or face.
Tell your doctor if you experience any negative side effects. You are also encouraged to report such side effects to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by visiting www.fda.gov/medwatch, or by calling 1-800-FDA-1088.
Solu-MEDROL is used to prevent inflammation. It is usually administered in the treatment of dermatologic, endocrine, gastrointestinal, hematologic, neoplastic, ophthalmic, renal, respiratory, and rheumatic diseases. The dosage and length of infusion will depend on the medical condition being treated.
Please refer to the full prescribing information.