Depo-Medrol Injection and/or Equivalents
|Drug||Related Drug Names|
|Depo-Medrol Injection 40mg/mL and/or Equivalents||Depo-Medrol Injection, Depo-Medrol Injection with Preservative|
|Depo-Medrol Injection 80mg/mL and/or Equivalents||Depo-Medrol Injection with Preservative|
Depo-Medrol Injection Description
Depo-Medrol Injection is the brand name of a medication that is commonly referred to as a synthetic corticosteroid. Generally, corticosteroids are a group of hormones produced naturally in your body and are necessary for the efficient performance of many vital body functions. Your doctor will prescribe Depo-Medrol Injection in case your body is unable to produce enough corticosteroid naturally because of certain conditions like Addison's disease or to alleviate inflammation due to allergic reactions which lead to redness, itching or swelling. The primary ingredient in Depo-Medrol Injection is methylprednisolone acetate. This synthetic corticosteroid imitates and produces actions similar to the naturally occurring corticosteroids in your body. Depo-Medrol Injection is an aqueous white coloured sterile suspension. It is available as single dose or multi-dose vials in varying strengths of 20mg/ml, 40mg/ml and 80mg/ml. The multi-dose vials also contain polyethylene glycol, monobasic sodium phosphate, dibasic sodium phosphate, polysorbate 80, a preservative (benzyl alcohol) and sodium chloride for adjusting the tonicity. Polyethylene glycol, myristyl gamma picolinium chloride (MGPC) and sodium chloride for adjusting the tonicity are the inactive ingredients in single use vials of Depo-Medrol Injection. Depo-Medrol Injection is presented by Pfizer.
Conditions Treated by the Depo-Medrol Injection
Depo-Medrol Injection is prescribed extensively to treat a wide range of medical conditions. In case of severe allergic reactions on the skin, painful effects of insect bites, reactions to drugs, contact / atopic dermatitis, or any severe and fatal allergic reaction (anaphylaxis), Depo-Medrol Injection is used to alleviate inflammation and pain. Inflamed bronchial passage in asthma or painful joints in arthritis are also treated by this medication. Depo-Medrol Injection is often prescribed to help patients in critical conditions suffering from ulcerative colitis and regional enteritis. It is commonly used in treating hematologic disorders like pure red cell aplasia, acquired hemolytic anemia, congenital hypoplastic anemia and in some cases of secondary thrombocytopenia. Depo-Medrol Injection is also used concomitantly with other medications for palliative effect in patients suffering from leukaemia, lymphoma, multiple sclerosis, tuberculous meningitis etc. In case of ophthalmic diseases, Depo-Medrol Injection is indicated in the treatment of inflammatory conditions of the eyes. The preparation is also used in several other conditions as prescribed by your physician.
Depo-Medrol Injection Dosage Information
a.) Typical dosage recommendations
As Depo-Medrol Injection is prescribed for a wide range of conditions, the typical dosage depends on the particular condition being treated, age of the patient, body weight, individual tolerance level and the strength of the medication used. Your physician will prescribe a dose keeping your individual circumstances and requirements in mind so never alter your dose without consulting him/her. When Depo-Medrol Injection is parenterally administered, the typical starting dose may vary between 4mg and 120 mg depending on the condition being treated. However, in extremely critical condition of the patient, the dose may be increased and given in multiple doses. Once a favourable response is achieved, a maintenance dose is prescribed and the initial dose reduced to the minimum dose required for maintaining desired clinical response.
b.) Missing a dose
In case you are taking Depo-Medrol Injection once daily and have missed your usual dose, do not take a double dose to compensate for the missed dose. Skip your missed dose and revert to your normal dosage schedule. Your physician is the best person to advise you on what to do in case of a missed dose.
Though there are no known syndromes of Depo-Medrol Injection overdosing, you should immediately contact your physician or local poison centre in case you have overdosed this medication. Frequent doses over a long period may cause Cushingoid state. Usually symptomatic and supportive treatment is required in case you have overdosed Depo-Medrol Injection.
Before starting treatment, always inform your medical caregiver about any allergies or past and present medical history to allow him to make the correct choice. Never stop your treatment arbitrarily or alter the dose on your own. Your doctor should know if you are allergic to methylprednisolone acetate or any of the inactive ingredients in Depo-Medrol Injection. He should also know if you have Cushing's syndrome, tuberculosis, chickenpox, herpes simplex keratitis, systemic fungal infections or if you suffer from reactions to chicken pox vaccine. Before commencing your treatment with Depo-Medrol Injection, always inform your physician if you are pregnant, plan to become so or if you are nursing. Corticosteroids can make you susceptible to certain infections or mask their signs till such infections become serious. Using such formulations alone or concomitantly with other medications may make you vulnerable to infections from pathogens like bacterial, viral, fungal, protozoan or similar organisms. Your physician must therefore know if you are suffering from AIDS / HIV or diabetes before prescribing Depo-Medrol Injection. Always let your doctor know if you are suffering from sepsis syndrome, septic shock, seizure disorders, myasthenia gravis, any ocular infections, cardiac problems, hepatic ailments, renal impairments, osteoporosis, ulcerative colitis, or a family history of diabetes mellitus. Corticosteroid may cause adrenal insufficiency leading to muscle weakness, malaise, mental changes (like depression, mood swings, euphoria, personality changes etc.), muscle and joint pain, anorexia, dyspnoea, nausea and vomiting etc. Contact your physician immediately if you experience any such condition. Depo-Medrol Injection should be administered only through intramuscular, periarticular, intra-articular, intralesional and intrabursal route or into the tendon sheath. It should never be administered by the intravenous or intrathecal routes. Always use sterile disposable syringes to avoid contamination when using multiple doses of Depo-Medrol Injection from a single multi-dose vial. Take Depo-Medrol Injection with food in order to avoid stomach upset. Never share your medication with anybody else even if they show similar symptoms. Store the vial in a cool dark place away from children and pets. Never freeze vials and dispose off used vials properly.
Depo-Medrol Injection Side Effects
Common side effects of Depo-Medrol Injection include the following:
- Constipation / diarrhea
- Increased or decreased appetite
- Reduced or blurred vision
- Changes in the menstrual cycle
- Signs of depression
- Skin rash
- Any unusual infection
There may be other symptoms too and you must contact your physician immediately if you feel in discomfort while using this medication.
Depo-Medrol Injection Drug Interactions
There are several other prescription drugs that may interact with methylprednisolone acetate or any of the other ingredients in Depo-Medrol Injection. Your doctor should know everything about all prescription and non-prescription medications you are using presently including herbal preparations and health supplements. He should also know about your addictions (if any) towards tea, coffee, alcohol and drugs.
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Notice: The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.