Steroids and Multiple Sclerosis: Solu-Medrol (Methylprednisolone)

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What
is the difference between Solu-Medrol and oral Prednisone? Well they
are pretty much the same thing, both are corticosteroids, Solu-Medrol
is a little stronger and administered through an IV. For Multiple
Sclerosis flare ups, it is usually given over the course of 3 to 5
days, 1,000mg, 1 hour at a time (per infusion).
This
drug reduces inflammation and slightly suppresses the immune system
helping to stop the inflammatory response which damages myelin in the
CNS (central nervous system) of MS Patients.
Most
people start to feel the effects after about 3 to 5 days, fast. This
s the textbook choice for treating an exacerbation (along with oral Prednisone) which is why most people no longer use Acthar (ACTH). Solu-Medrol is usually given in an infusion center but in some cases, it can be given at home as well.
 
This
medication can cause your blood sugar to rise as well as increase
your risk of infection. It is common to experience a metallic taste
during an infusion, sleeping gets hard as it may “wire” you, and
mood swings (roid rage) are common as well. Here are some more
symptoms:
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Heartburn
  • Headache
  • Dizziness

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