Medrol and its generic form methylprednisolone are corticosteroid drugs that reduce inflammation and affect the immune system. Because of this the drug has many applications. On the downside, there a number of side effects that are prevalent with this drug. Let's discuss some common, and also some rare but more severe, Medrol side effects.
Common Medrol (methylprednisolone) side effects
Every medication has at least some potential side effects. Fortunately, the most common effects are usually minor. While taking Medrol, you may experience dizziness or a feeling like you are spinning. Headaches are also common. Your face may become flushed, and you also may notice that you sweat more while on this medication. While none of these symptoms are dangerous in themselves, if any one condition persists or becomes chronic, let your physician know.
Rare Medrol (methylprednisolone) side effects
Some of the more rare Medrol side effects are unfortunately quite serious. If you experience one of these symptoms, you will want to contact your doctor immediately to determine how to proceed. If you experience hives, a rash, swelling, itching, tightness in your chest, or difficultly breathing, these could be symptoms of an allergic reaction to the drug. You should seek medical attention immediately if you believe you are having an allergic reaction to your medication.
GI complications may include nausea and vomiting. If these conditions become severe, if they are accompanied by blood in the stool (it will appear black), or if what you vomit up resembles coffee grounds, seek medical attention. You may also experience thinning skin accompanied by easier bruising, wounds that do not heal as quickly as they should, or bleeding that is difficult to stop. These are also signs of a dangerous reaction.
If your dizziness becomes extreme or is accompanied by seizures, fainting, personality changes, or vision problems, you may be having a severe reaction to the drug. Other symptoms can include chest pain; extreme weight gain; increased thirst, hunger, and urination; and a swelling of the legs or feet.
To limit side effects while on this drug, use it only as directed. If you received a dose pack, take the pills in the proper order and on the proper days. Taking your pills in the morning, unless otherwise directed, may help reduce side effects and any potential withdrawal symptoms when coming off of the drug. Be sure not to stop taking the drug abruptly unless you have a severe reaction that causes you to have to discontinue use immediately.