My dr office said I have to have a tb test b4 she can add enbrel, a biologic. Test has been ordered. Meanwhile she prescribed methylprednisone. What has been your experience with methylprednisone
I've been taking methylprednisolone for a long time now. I do take calcium with vitamin D and vitamin D3 as well to combat bone loss. But I also have these I looked up for you...
Grapefruit juice may increase the blood levels of certain medications such as methylPREDNISolone. You may want to limit your consumption of grapefruit and grapefruit juice during treatment.
You should also limit caffeine intake (colas, tea, coffee and chocolate, especially). These beverages may irritate your stomach. If you experience symptoms or side effects, especially if severe, be sure to discuss them with your health care team.
Causes of Prednisone Weight Gain. Salt and potassium: Prednisone causes the body to hold on to sodium (salt) and lose potassium. 3 This combination can result in fluid retention, weight gain, and bloating. Increased appetite: Prednisone causes an increase in appetite.Feb 6, 2020
The more common side effects of methylprednisolone can include:
nausea and vomiting.
confusion, excitement, and restlessness.
swelling of your ankles, feet, or hands.
skin problems, such as acne, thin skin, and shiny skin. increased thirst.
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Loretta, Lots of information thanks.I am on prednisone 4mg daily but also take Sulphazaline and methotrexate.I have reduced my prednisone to 4mg per day but flare up badly on less. But since Methotrexate, 9 weeks later, things seem better.I have lost weight, but am only eating 1,100 calories per-day.I am hoping to reduce prednisone, to loose more weight.I also have very paper thin skin on my hands and feet, my Dr. thinks it's due to steroids.
Just another point regarding grapefruit, One needs to avoid them if you are taking statins.As it alters statins and how they work.
Some medications can really affect emotions and moods in so many different ways.
Both methilprednisolon and Prednisone are working for me. I cannot survive when I am not taking one of them. My medrol dose is 8mg and having a long weaning plan. When I have Prednisone, I am on Injections or strong doses for few days. However, this is only to stabilise me for the moment.
I am currently on Enbrel. Had to do the tb test before I could start it. Also had to go ahead and get my shingles and pneumonia vaccines. I have taken methylprednisone when I have had a bad flare. Only bad side effect for me were hot flashes.
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