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Methyl Prednisolone

  • Drug Name: Methyl Prednisolone
  • Common Name: Medrol®, Depo-Medrol®
  • Drug Type: Corticosteroid
  • Used For: Severe inflammation
  • Species: Dogs, Cats
  • Administered: Tablets, injectable
  • FDA Approved: Yes
  • Recommended Online Pharmacy: Get Methyl Prednisolone at Pet360.com

General Description

 

Methyl prednisolone is a short-acting anti-inflammatory drug related to prednisone. It reduces severe inflammation and suppresses the immune system. It can be beneficial in treating many diseases and disorders, but should be given at low doses for short period of time to reduce any adverse effects. They may also be used to assist in treatment of allergies, arthritis, asthma, colitis, Addison’s disease, auto-immune skin disorders, and certain forms of kidney disease. It may also be used in conjunction with other drugs to treat brain and spinal cord injuries.

 

Unlike prednisone, Methyl Prednisolone comes in a one-time injectable form, Depo-Medrol. This is extremely useful in cats and pets that are difficult to pill.

 

How It Works

 

Methyl prednisolone is a corticosteroid known as a glucocorticoid. Corticosteroids are meant to resemble a naturally occurring hormone produced in the adrenal cortex, cortisol. Corticosteroids act on the immune system by blocking the production of substances that trigger inflammatory and immune responses.

 

Storage Information

 

Store in a tightly sealed container at room temperature.

 

Missed Dose?

 

Give the dose as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose, and continue with the regular schedule. Do not give your pet two doses at once.

 

Side Effects and Drug Reactions

 

Methyl Prednisolone may result in these side effects:

  • Increased drinking and urination
  • Weight gain
  • Altered behavior
  • Inhibited growth in young pets
  • Cushing’s disease after prolonged use
  • Loss of motor or muscular function
  • Panting
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Ulceration of the digestive tract
  • Lethargy
  • Aggression
  • Delayed healing

 
Methyl Prednisolone may react with these drugs:

  • Rimadyl (or any other NSAID)
  • Antacids
  • Anticoagulants
  • Other steroids
  • Some antibiotics
  • Drugs that may cause ulcers in the digestive tract
  • Vaccines

 

USE CAUTION WHEN ADMINISTERING THIS DRUG TO PETS WITH DIABETES MELLITUS, KIDNEY DISEASE, LIVER DISEASE, HEART DISEASE, OR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

 

USE CAUTION WHEN ADMINISTERING THIS DRUG TO PREGNANT OR LACTATING PETS

 


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