Solumedrol prednisone taper

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I am scheduled Monday to do an IV for three days of Solumedrol. Has anyone else done that and if so, what is your opinion. I am alittle nervous about it.
as one person on this forum calls them), brain fog and severe shortness of breath 9on oxygen and inhaler!), and more (all started with prednisone and are going away as I taper off of it). I gained over 40 lbs over the course of 6 months on prednisone (not an over eater, but became very sedentary with weakness and shortness of breath) and the weight made the weakness worse! I had just a terrible experience, plus my sed rate and my crp never got under control on the prednisone either.
Please call your doctor if you are not feeling better today and ask for a prednisone taper. You didn't get an oral steroid taper medication after the infusions this time did you? I am in the hospital right now, rehab unit actually, contintuing to recover from the fact that my neuro doesn't believe in giving steroid tapers. He quoted case studies and medical literature that says its not necessary to give tapers after infusions.
My experiences with solumedrol, also three days (on each of two separate relapses), were both very positive. The most intense effects were gone by the time I started the prednisone taper, I suspect that is what you mean by "leveled off." I believe the drugs are out of your system within a couple of days.
I was recently diagnosed with MS and was in the hospital on solumedrol for 4 days, then a taper dose of prednisone for 13 days following. I can say that I made it through about 9 days of that stuff before I just stopped. My original symptoms had subsided enough that I just couldn't get myself to ingest the steroid any longer. It absolutely made me feel crazy, moreso than normal lol. Looking back it probably had a lot to do with not sleeping correctly.
It's just over a year since I had my last Solumedrol treatment. I have never had an oral taper and never had any withdrawal issues. My neurologist's opinion is that the value is questionable, and since I never had a problem, I've never asked for it. If you have something to help you sleep, that is helpful if you find the insomnia is bad. That for me was really the only negative side effect, plus the nasty taste in the mouth. I don't recall mood swings, irritability, etc.
I had a 6 day course at that time. Did his doctor give him a prednisone taper, that is steroids in pill form to take for a week or two after the solu-medrol was over? If not and he is still having the sweating, you guys might want to let the doctor know about it. I'm not sure if that is normal or not, but it won't hurt double checking to see. I hope he can get back to normal soon. The steroids are supposed to help him do just that. Please let us know how he is doing.
Hi everyone, I've been dealing with vertigo for the past few days and my neuro wants me to start a solumedrol treatment tomorrow. I've never had this before, so I was hoping you guys could help. I have 2 questions...1) For those of you who have had this treatment before, what kind of a heads up can you give me regarding side effects and recovery time? and 2) Is there anything I can do to lessen the negative side effects?
Considering that an SVR status has been proven to be extremely durable and long lasting in the vast, vast majority of those that achieve it - if there is viable virus in their bodies after SVR-ing, why don't we see people relapsing after (1) experiencing a significant challenge to their immune systems (via cancer, HIV etc) or (2) after taking immunosuppressants like prednisone and/or solumedrol (or any of the lesser steroidal meds like nasonex, clobex etc)?
Today is when I start the prednisone taper (4 20mg pills for 3 days). Also, today my DH had to go back to work so I'm on my own with the kids, and trying to do a big candy order due tomorrow. I'm feeling very tired, and my heartbeat seems rapid. Not horribly, but it is racing. I'm still experiencing the vertigo, mostly staggering like I'm drunk. I also feel a bit twitchy. I just finished my lunch and I'm going to try to rest for the remainder of the day.
I started Prednisone yesterday 200 mg for 5 days and then it tapers down from there (can't remember off the top of my head right now) I think for 15 days. Several friends of mine have taken it and they couldn't believe I was on that much. Do you all typically take this much? He told me it would be high dose/agressive treatment. He also gave me Prilosec to protect my stomach and tamazepam to help me sleep if needed. He warned that it might make me sick.
Sorry to hear of this trouble you have been having with your vision but I am glad that the IV Solumedrol seems to be doing the trick. Are you going to be weaned off with Prednisone? That is the usual course for me...at least that is what both the evil neuro and Dr. W. did and it seemed to work. You are lucky if you don't have any side effects from the steroids cause they are incredibly unpleasant and I am still fighting off the weight from Feb. 2007!!!
I found someone who works with a team of physicians and integrative medical specialists, and has experience treating people for side effect prevention with prednisone. And, she believes she will be able to help me taper off effectively and smoothly when the time comes. I suggest asking a Dr for a referral of someone who really focuses on medicinal acupuncture. I am convinced this made a huge difference for me, physically, emotionally, and mentally.
A year ago I did a 5 day course of IV Solumedrol followed by an oral taper.
Consider that IVSM (Intravenous Solumedrol), the infused version of prednisone, is typically given as 1000mg/day for 3-5 days. The oral equivalent would be somewhere in the neighborhood of 1250mg/day. If you believe your symptoms are being caused by the reduces steroid dose, then as Karry said, I would speak with the prescribing doc.
I feel a bit shallow for asking, but since I have no desire to sleep and can't get it out of my mind, would anyone out there be willing to share advice/experiences on Prednisone and weight gain? I've been reading online, and it seems like a lot of people suffer from this, along with something lovely called "fat redistribution." I already have a face rounder than Charlie Brown's! I have no diagnosis.
My 1 and only infusion was SM x 3 days. He did taper, 6 Prednisone for 2 days then 5 x 2 days, etc 40 total. I was very newly diagnosed (day 2) and having a post partum flareup.
I'm on a daily dose of prednisone...I too was on 5 day IV sol/medrol and then started on a tapering dose of prednisone but I started at 70mg for two weeks then 60mgs for two weeks.etc .....tapering dose I'm finally on the 10mg a day..really I think when I was on the 70mg my symptoms where still there but not as frequent ..so the lower I got the more my "daily friends" would appear....lol..
) I HAVE A DILEMMA THAT I NEED YOUR HELP WITH, HOPEFULLY. I HAVE HAD SOLUMEDROL SEVERAL TIMES SINCE MY DX WITH MS. I HAVE HAD TAPERED STEROIDS AFTER COMING OFF THE IV SEVERAL TIMES. THE 2 TIMES THAT I WAS NOT GIVEN THEM I HAD BAD REBOUNDS SIDE EFFECTS WHICH ARE DOCUMENTED IN MY MEDICAL/HOSPITAL RECORDS. I'VE HAD BONE CRUSHING PAIN IN MY LEGS THAT REQUIRED STRONG NARCOTICS TO CONTROL IN ONE CASE AND SEVERE WEAKNESS WHERE I COULDN'T LIFT MY ARMS AND COULDN'T WALK IN ANOTHER.
I did 3 days of IV steroids starting April 26th, and have been on the prednisone taper since. My doctor gave me all kinds of medicines to take along with the prednisone. Ok, only two, but for someone who hates to take medicine that's a lot LOL I've taken prilosec everyday to prevent tummy troubles. Also, I've been taking a sleeping pill each night. I can take one or two, and up till this past week I've pretty much taken 2. I also take gabapentin every night, usually 300 or 400mg.
It's been very hard to just get gulps of air.... Sigh. So Prednisone went in at 7 am today. I've been terrified that I'd have to take the Prednisone - for fear of "reactivating" the HepC virus... But because Dr. D said once you are SVR - the disease is "gone"... I've calmed down a little bit. Now... I'm a bit concerned... But what will be will be.... Unfortunately I like breathing and can't live on THAT many medications just to do it.
Hi all - Curious if anyone has experienced problems with erratic bms while taking IVSM and prednisone? Finished my 5 day IV and now on day 3 of prednisone taper. The first 3 days I couldn't go at all now I'm going 3-4 times a day. Unfortunately this is causing my nether-regions a bit of discomfort and anxiety on my part not knowing which potty break will be a controlled action or surprise attack!!
Today, having alot of stiffness/discomfort in right arm and dizziness. Neuro decided to keep the steroids going with a 20 day taper of Prednisone. All the while, family Dr ordered another MRI on only the brain due to dizziness/visual disturbances. MRI #3 shows nothing in the brain...that has to be somewhat reassuring right??? What it comes down to is that I have this lesion on my spinal cord that we are trying to fight.
My neurologist was very adamant that I have an MRI (I've had maybe 4 over 10 years and this last one had contrast), that I do the IV solumedrol (praise God they stopped doing the oral prednisone taper - that was nasty!), and that I begin taking Copaxone (I had routinely refused this type of treatment, specifically Avonex, for many years because I wasn't very bad and we wanted to have children - although that still hasn't happened after 10 years).
Update, so as I had assumed my neuro had me go in for a 3-day Solumedrol treatment; I'm now on the 15-day Prednisone taper. My symptoms have alleviated; however still dealing with the odd sensation in my leg. The steroids have caused more sleep deprivation than the MS. As soon as I lay down, completely exhausted, I find my brain won't turn off.
Good luck with this.
My job is very demanding and I could not get away to see my neuro, so instead went to an urgent care where they prescribed me a medrol dose pak (21 tabs, 4 mg a piece) followed by an oral prednisone taper. I know this is probably not enough to make a dent in the exacperation, but can't take off an entire day to go to neuro and check into a hospital for the IV medrol. Are there any other options to manage this? Could my oral medrol pak be suffient? thanks!
Each time, treatment consisted of 3 days of IV Solumedrol and a taper of 9-11 days of prednisone. I've heard a lot about of the dangers of long term steroid treatment, so I am concerned. I realize that each course of treatment is not considered long term, but is there a cummulative effect from many short courses of treatment? My last two treatments were for a single episode of optic neuritis. First treatment was mid-December and didn't work as well as my neurologist (and I) hoped it would.
I have had solumedrol iv steroids 3 day treatment once. I can tell you it leaves a nasty taste in your mouth but the nurse had a bowl of mints for me. They give you alot of energy...I couldnt sleep so the doctor gave me some sleeping pills. I remember heartburn. The only other thing I can think of was that was a surprise was that they left the IV in and just taped the tubes down so they could just connect it for the next 2 days instead of having to find another vein.
I was taking prednisone this year for about 2 months total and read it causes bone loss/high sugar. how long can I take it safely, can I take 10mg/day for 6 months to a year?
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