Methylprednisolone and the main characteristics
Methylprednisolone is a medication that belongs to the group of corticosteroids and that is available as a generic drug. There is a wide range of conditions that can be treated with this medication, but most frequently it is used in the treatment of acute bronchitis, various autoimmune diseases, allergies, and it is practically inevitable in the treatment of rheumatoid disorders, particularly rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Besides these conditions, it has proven to be effective and helpful in the treatment of vestibularneuritis, skin irritations caused by poison oak or poison ivy, and for particular injuries of the spinal cord.
Possible side effects of methylprednisolone
Since there certainly are side effects of this medication, they can be classified into several categories, depending on what part of the body is affected. So, among the most common side effects that affect muscles and bones there are rupture of tendons, osteoporosis and fractures in the long bones, weakness of muscles and loss of the muscle mass, while stomach ulcers and pancreatitis are the most common side effects related to digestive system.
Itis important to mention that the function of the endocrine system may be impaired, since methylprednisolone may interfere with hormonal imbalance, proper production of insulin and many other endocrine functions. Headaches and vertigo are frequently reported as far as the nervous system is concerned, while it is also possible that problems such as increased pressure in the eye, glaucoma, and cataract may be experienced.
Besides these problems, side effects of methylprednisolone that have also been reported include dizziness, stomach disorders, changes in the menstrual cycle, problems with sleeping and insomnia, pain and swelling in the joints, as well as changes in the mood, and even seizures. This does not have to be all, because there is probably a great number of other unknown side effects of this drug which are to be discovered. In order to avoid serious consequences, it is highly advised to avoid driving and similar activities while using this medication and it is not recommended to use it without previous consultations with a doctor in cases when women are expecting a baby or arelactating.
All the side effects that are known for now imply that this medication should not be used unless prescribed, and even then, the doctor should be informed in detail about all the medications or even vitamins that the patient may already be taking, as well as other conditions or symptoms that the patient may be suffering from. Only this way the risks will be minimized.