Medrol is a prescription drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat the pain and inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis. Medrol may be prescribed to control acute flare-ups or for short periods until disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) can take effect. Medrol is also referred to by its drug name, methylprednisolone.
Medrol is a corticosteroid, which is a drug that suppresses the immune system. Medrol is believed to work by inhibiting or blocking various inflammatory responses in the body.
How do I take it?
Medrol is taken orally as a tablet. If you decide to stop taking Medrol, it is important to tell your doctor and follow a schedule to taper off your dosage. Do not stop taking Medrol suddenly.
Common side effects of Medrol include stomach upset, headache, dizziness, problems sleeping, depression, anxiety, acne, increased hair growth, and irregular menstrual cycles.
Rare but serious side effects of Medrol include rash, swelling in the face or lower legs, infections, black or tarry stool, weakness, and vision problems.
People taking Medrol or other corticosteroids are more susceptible to infection due to the immunosuppressive nature of the drug. Avoid exposure to people who are sick and wash your hands frequently while taking Medrol.
Like all corticosteroids, 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.
For more details about this treatment, visit:
Medrol (Methylprednisolone) — Pfizer
Methylprednisolone — MedlinePlus
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