Medrol or generic Methylprednisolone may be prescribed to treat inflammatory conditions, such as colitis, lupus, arthritis, allergic skin reactions, or gout. Medrol is an oral corticosteroid drug that acts like the same hormones produced naturally in your body. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
When you have an inflammatory disorder or a flare-up due to an allergic skin condition, bug bite, or an autoimmune disease; Medrol works by suppressing the enzyme that is responsible for producing certain chemicals called prostaglandins. It is these chemicals that cause inflammation as a biological response to a threat to your body.
Although inflammation is essential for healing, many times it can be disabling for the person experiencing it. With inflammation comes swelling, pain, and redness and Medrol or generic Methylprednisolone can help to relieve these symptoms so you are able to function comfortably throughout your day.
Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a chronic disease that causes inflammation in your large intestines, also called colon. It is not really known what causes UC, but it is suspected that it may be an autoimmune response to something detected in your colon that may be considered a threat. As an immune response, white blood cells are sent to the area to fight off the threat and inflammation will flare up.
Systemic lupus erythematosus is the most common form of lupus and an autoimmune disease that can cause you to sustain damage to many parts of your body, including your joints. These can become painful from the swelling and inflammation as your immune system acts up and begins attacking healthy tissues. If you are going to be taking Medrol as a long-term medication, your doctor may recommend a lower dose for maintenance.
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or are breast feeding, tell your doctor before taking Medrol as there may be risks to your unborn or nursing baby’s health. Discuss other medical conditions or allergies with your doctor and list any current Rx drugs or over-the-counter medications you are taking, including homeopathic remedies and vitamin supplements so your doctor can determine if Medrol is safe for you to take.
You should not start, stop, or change the dosage of any of your medications without consulting with your doctor first as this could alter the effects of Medrol or increase the risk of side effects. Monitor your blood pressure while taking Medrol as it could cause it to increase and check your blood glucose often if you are diabetic.