i have a bad cold and the dr gave me methylprednisolone 4 mg for 6 days i want to know if im going to gain weight because of it and how much weight do will i gain.
6 Feb 2012
You can most certainly gain weight. As Marvell said, it is difficult to say how much. The weight can be water weight from retained fluids (which you will lose quickly as soon as you stop the medicine) but steroids also increase ones appetite so you can gain from increased caloric intake too. Just be sure to watch your calorie intake. Be sure you get a healthy amount of nutritious calories without going over to prevent caloric gain. Be sure you drink plenty of fluids and watch your sodium (salt) intake to prevent water retention. Yes, it sounds crazy but drinking a lot of water prevents water retention! If you have a lot of sodium in the system, it helps to flush it out therefore keeping sodium related retention to a minimum. Fluids are also important with a cold to help to liquify secretions and allow them to be expelled more easily. Hope you feel better soon!
6 Feb 2012
Dear nona. Temporary weight gain is common with a medrol dose pack... which is what a methylprednisolone pack is. When u stop the medication on the last day when u take only one u should see your weight normalize. All steroids will cause weight gain. Good luck and I hope u feel better soon. Pup
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