Depopred Ingredients: Methylprednisolone
Representative Names: A-Methapred, Depo-Medrol, Depoject,
Depopred, Duralone, M-Prednisol, Medralone, Methylprednisolone
Sodium Succinate Injection, Solu-Medrol, depMedalone
Generic Available ? A generic alternative may be available.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Who is Depopred for ?
Your doctor has ordered methylprednisolone, a
corticosteroid, to relieve inflammation (swelling, heat, redness,
and pain). The drug will be added to an intravenous fluid that will
drip through a needle or catheter placed in your vein for at least 1
hour per day. Methylprednisolone is similar to a natural hormone
produced by your adrenal glands. It is used to treat, but not cure,
certain forms of arthritis; skin, blood, kidney, eye, thyroid, and
intestinal disorders (e.g., colitis); and multiple sclerosis. This
medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor
or pharmacist for more information. Your health care provider
(doctor, nurse, or pharmacist) may measure the effectiveness and
side effects of your treatment using laboratory tests and physical
examinations. It is important to keep all appointments with your
doctor and the laboratory. The length of treatment depends on how
you respond to the medication.
When should I be careful
taking Depopred ?
Before administering methylprednisolone,
- tell your doctor and pharmacist if you
are allergic to methylprednisolone, aspirin, or any other drugs.
- tell your doctor and pharmacist what
prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking,
especially anticoagulants ("blood thinners") such as warfarin (Coumadin),
arthritis medications, aspirin, azithromycin (Zithromax),
clarithromycin (Biaxin), cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune),
digoxin (Lanoxin), diuretics ("water pills"), erythromycin,
estrogen (Premarin), ketoconazole (Nizoral), oral contraceptives,
phenobarbital, phenytoin (Dilantin), rifampin (Rifadin),
theophylline (Theo-Dur), and vitamins.
- tell your doctor if you have a fungal
infection (other than on your skin); do not take
methylprednisolone without talking to your doctor.
- tell your doctor if you have or have ever
had liver, kidney, intestinal, or heart disease; diabetes; an
underactive thyroid gland; high blood pressure; mental illness;
myasthenia gravis; osteoporosis; herpes eye infection; seizures;
tuberculosis (TB); or ulcers.
- tell your doctor if you are pregnant,
plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become
pregnant while taking methylprednisolone, call your doctor.
- if you are having surgery, including
dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking
Depopred Side Effects
Although side effects from methylprednisolone
are not common, they can occur. Tell your doctor if any of these
symptoms are severe or do not go away:
- unusual moods
- increased sweating
- increased hair growth
- reddened face
- thinned skin
- easy bruising
- tiny purple skin spots
- irregular or absent menstrual periods
- If you experience any of the following symptoms,
call your doctor immediately:
- swollen feet, ankles, and lower legs
- muscle pain and weakness
- eye pain
- vision problems
- puffy skin (especially the face)
- a cold or infection that lasts a long