Medrol Dose Pack Side Effects

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Medrol Dose Pack (methylprednisolone) is commercially available with a prescription from your physician. As with any prescription drug, side effects are possible, and as a consumer, you should be well informed of the risks as well as the benefits before taking Medrol Dose Pack.

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Benefits

Medrol Dose Pack is a steroid that prevents the body from releasing substances that cause inflammation in the body. Medrol Dose Pack is FDA-approved for many different diagnoses such as ulcerative colitis, lupus, arthritis, skin conditions, breathing disorders or psoriasis. It decreases your body's immune response to these diseases and reduces symptoms such as swelling and redness.

Dosage

Medrol Dose Pack should be taken exactly as prescribed by your physician. You should not take Medrol Dose Packin in larger amounts or for a longer period of time than recommend by your physician. Medrol Dose Pack should not be taken on an empty stomach but instead with food or milk.

Identification

Medrol Dose Pack tablets are available under the brand name Medrol Dose Pack or generic methylprednisolone. Medrol Dose Pack is available as tablets in the following strengths: 2 mg (pink), 4 mg (white), 8 mg (peach), 16 mg (white) and 32 mg (peach). Each tablet is elliptical, scored and imprinted with the word "MEDROL" followed by what milligram strength it is.

Precautions

Before beginning to take Medrol Dose Pack, you should speak with your doctor if you have any of the following conditions: kidney disease, diabetes, liver disease, a thyroid disease, a history of malaria, osteoporosis, tuberculosis, a muscle disorder, glaucoma or cataracts, herpes, depression or mental illness, stomach ulcers, congestive heart failure, ulcerative colitis or high blood pressure.

Effects

As with all prescription drugs, there are many reported side effects from Medrol Dose Pack that you should be aware of before taking this medication. Stop taking Medrol Dose Pack immediately and contact your physician if you experience any of the following side effects: swelling, rapid weight gain; feeling short of breath; problems with your vision; severe depression; bloody or tarry stools; coughing up blood; low potassium; seizure; coughing up blood or dangerously high blood pressure.

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