What is Solu-Medrol?
Solu-Medrol is a steroid that decreases inflammation in the body and is used to treat a wide variety of diseases.
Why use Solu-Medrol in MS?
Solumedrol is the standard treatment to speed recovery following an MS attack.
In which MS patients is Solu-Medrol given?
Any patient who suffers from an MS attack may be considered for a short course of Solu-Medrol.
How is Solu-Medrol given?
Solu-Medrol is given through an IV, either in a patient's home or at an outpatient infusion center. The treatment is typically given for five days in a row.
Is Solu-Medrol safe to give during pregancy?
Solu-Medrol is generally considered safe for use in pregnant women after the first trimester and for nursing mothers. The risks and benefits must be considered in each individual case, however.
What are the side effects associated with Solu-Medrol?
Solu-Medrol is typically very well tolerated and serious side effects are rare. Common side effects include increased appetite, increased energy and irritability, insomnia and upset stomach.
What are less common side effects?
Rare but serious side effects include psychosis, stomach ulcers, aseptic bone necrosis, infections, irregular heart rhythms and blood clots.
In which patients must Solu-Medrol be given with caution?
Solu-Medrol is given with caution in patients with hypertension, diabetes or a history of stomach ulcers.
What tests are required while I receive Solu-Medrol treatments?
Typically, no tests are required while on Solu-Medrol treatment.
Are there any alternatives to IV steroids?
Under special circumstances, a comparable high dose of steroids may be taken by mouth, either as pills or a special solution created by a pharmacist.