DEPO-MEDRONE WITH LIDOCAINE

Active substance: METHYLPREDNISOLONE ACETATE

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Eyes









Glaucoma (raised pressure within the eye, causing pain in the eyes and headaches).
Swollen optic nerve (causing a condition called papilloedema, and which may cause sight
disturbance).
Damage to the optic nerve or cataracts (indicated by failing eyesight).
Thinning of the clear part at the front of the eye (cornea) or of the white part of the eye (sclera).
Worsening of viral or fungal eye infections.
Protruding of the eyeballs (exophthalmos).
Blurred or double vision.

Hormones and metabolic system
• Slowing of normal growth in infants, children and adolescents which may be permanent.
• Irregular or no periods in women.
• Increased hair on the body and face in women (hirsutism).
• Round or moon-shaped face (Cushingoid facies).
• Increased appetite and weight gain.
• Diabetes or worsening of existing diabetes.
• Prolonged therapy can lead to lower levels of some hormones which in turn can cause low blood
pressure and dizziness. This effect may persist for months.
• The amount of certain chemicals (enzymes) called alanine transaminase, aspartate transaminase
and alkaline phosphatase that help the body digest drugs and other substances in your body may be
raised after treatment with a corticosteroid. The change is usually small and the enzyme levels return
to normal after your medicine has cleared naturally from your system. You will not notice any
symptoms if this happens, but it will show up if you have a blood test.
Immune system
• Increased susceptibility to infections which can hide or change normal reactions to skin tests, such as
that for tuberculosis.
Muscles, bones and joints
• Muscle weakness or wasting.
• Brittle bones (bones that break easily).
• Broken bones or fractures.
• Breakdown of bone due to poor circulation of blood, this causes pain in the hip.
• Torn muscle tendons causing pain and/or swelling.
• Muscle cramps or spasms.
• Swollen or painful joints due to infection.
Nerves and mood issues
Steroids including methylprednisolone can cause serious mental health problems. These are common in both
adults and children. They can affect about 5 in every 100 people taking medicines like methylprednisolone.
• Feeling depressed, including thinking about suicide.
• Feeling high (mania) or moods that go up and down.
• Feeling anxious, having problems sleeping, difficulty in thinking or being confused and losing your
memory.
• Feeling, seeing or hearing things which do not exist. Having strange and frightening thoughts,
changing how you act or having feelings of being alone.
• Other nervous system side effects may include breathing problems, convulsions, dizziness,
drowsiness, difficulty breathing, sensation of cold, heat or numbness, tinnitus or unconsciousness.
Skin









Abscess, especially near injection sites.
Acne.
Poor wound healing.
Thinning of skin with stretch marks.
Bruising.
Small purple/red patches on the skin.
Pale or darker patches on your skin, or raised patches which are an unusual color.

If you experience any of the side effects listed above tell your doctor immediately.

5. How to store Depo-Medrone with Lidocaine.
Do not use the medicine after the "Use by" date shown on the label. If your injection is out of date take it to
your pharmacist who will dispose of it safely.
Do not store above 25°C. Avoid freezing. Do not mix with other agents.
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Each vial is for single use only. After use, your doctor should take the container and syringe away. If anything
is left behind, return it to your pharmacy for safe disposal.
Depo-Medrone with Lidocaine should not be used if the product is any colour other than white, or if particles
can be seen in it.

6. Further Information
The active ingredients are methylprednisolone acetate and lidocaine hydrochloride. Each millilitre of the
suspension contains 40 mg of methylprednisolone acetate and 10 mg of lidocaine hydrochloride.
Your medicine also contains inactive ingredients – macrogol 3350, sodium chloride (salt),
myristyl-gamma-picolinium chloride, benzyl alcohol and water.
It is a sterile, white suspension (liquid) for injection and comes in glass containers (vials) of 1 ml.
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This product is manufactured by Pfizer Manufacturing Belgium NV, Rijksweg 12, B-2870 Puurs, Belgium and
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Waymade plc, Miles Gray Road, Basildon, Essex, SS14 3FR, UK
Date leaflet last revised: 4.4.2012
Depo-Medrone is a registered trademark of Pharmacia Limited

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Depo-Medrone® with Lidocaine (40mg + 10mg)/ml
(Methylprednisolone acetate and Lidocaine hydrochloride)
Patient Information Leaflet
Your medicine is known by the above name but will be referred to as Depo-Medrone with Lidocaine in this
leaflet.
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again
• If you have any further questions please ask your doctor or pharmacist
• This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it to others. It may harm them even if their
symptoms are the same as yours
• If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, tell your doctor
or pharmacist
In this leaflet:
1. What Depo-Medrone with Lidocaine is and what it is used for
2. Before you are given Depo-Medrone with Lidocaine
3. How Depo-Medrone with Lidocaine is given to you
4. Possible side effects
5. How to Store Depo-Medrone with Lidocaine
6. Further information

1. What Depo-Medrone with Lidocaine is and what it is used for
Depo-Medrone with Lidocaine contains Methylprednisolone Acetate and Lidocaine.
Methylprednisolone belongs to a group of medicines called corticosteroids or steroids.
Corticosteroids are produced naturally in your body and are important for many body functions.
When injected into the body, such as in or near a joint, corticosteroids help reduce symptoms caused by
inflammatory or rheumatic conditions.
This medicine also contains Lidocaine which is a local anesthetic. Lidocaine helps to reduce any local pain
caused by injecting this medicine.
This medicine will be injected by a doctor or nurse to help treat the symptoms caused by the following
conditions:
• Bursitis: inflammation in the fluid containing spaces around the shoulder, knee and/or elbow joints.
For this condition this medicine will be injected directly into one or more of these spaces.
• Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis: inflammation located in between the joints. For these
conditions this medicine will be injected directly into one or more joint spaces.
• Epicondylitis, tendonitis, & tenosynovitis: Tennis elbow (epicondylitis), inflammation in a tendon
(tendonitis), or a tendon’s covering sheath (tenosynovitis). For these conditions this medicine will be
injected into the tendon or its tendon sheath.
Your doctor may use this medicine to treat conditions other than those listed above. Ask your doctor if you are
unsure why you have been given this medicine.

2. Before you are given Depo-Medrone with Lidocaine
Do not use Depo-Medrone with Lidocaine if:
• You think you have ever suffered an allergic reaction, or any other type of reaction after being given:
Depo-Medrone with Lidocaine, any other medicine containing a corticosteroid or local anaesthetic,
any of the ingredients in this medicine (Section 6 of this leaflet contains a list of ingredients). An
allergic reaction may cause a skin rash or reddening, swollen face or lips or shortness of breath.
• If you get a rash, or another symptom of an infection.
See your doctor immediately if you have any of the above.
Do not inject this medicine into:
• the Achilles tendon (which is located behind the ankle joint), or
• directly into a vein (intravenous), the spinal cord (intrathecal), into the nostrils (intranasal) or in the
eye (intraocular).
Take special care before taking Depo-Medrone with Lidocaine:
You must tell your doctor before you take this medicine if you have any of the following conditions.
Your doctor may also have to monitor your treatment more closely, alter your dose or give you another
medicine.
• Chickenpox, shingles or a herpes eye infection. If you think you have been in contact with
someone with chickenpox or shingles and you have not already had these illnesses, or if you are
unsure if you have had them.
• Severe depression or manic depression (bipolar disorder). This includes having had depression
before while taking steroid medicines like Depo-Medrone with Lidocaine, or having a family history of
these illnesses.
• Diabetes (or if there is a family history of diabetes).
• Epilepsy.
• Glaucoma (increased pressure in the eye) or if there is a family history of glaucoma.
• You have recently suffered a heart attack.
• Heart problems, including heart failure or infections.
• Hypertension (high blood pressure).
• Hypothyroidism (an under-active thyroid).
• Joint infection – which is active and so requires treatment.
• Kidney or liver disease.
• Muscle problems (pain or weakness) have happened while taking steroid medicines in the past.
• Myasthenia gravis (a condition causing tired and weak muscles).
• Osteoporosis (brittle bones).
• Skin abscess.
• Stomach ulcer or other serious stomach or intestinal problems.
• Thrombophlebitis - vein problems due to thrombosis (clots in the veins) resulting in phlebitis
(red, swollen and tender veins).
• Tuberculosis (TB) or if you have suffered tuberculosis in the past.
You must tell your doctor before you take this medicine if you have any of the conditions listed above.
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Taking other medicines
Always tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any medicines (including any you have bought
without a prescription) as taking Depo-Medrone with Lidocaine with other medicines could be harmful.

Elderly
Treatment will normally be the same as for younger adults. However your doctor may want to see you more
regularly to check how you are getting on with this medicine.

You should tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines which can affect the way
Depo-Medrone with Lidocaine or the other medicine works:
• Acetazolamide - used to treat glaucoma and epilepsy.
• Aminoglutethimide - used for treating cancer.
• Anticoagulants - used to ‘thin’ the blood such as acenocoumarol, phenindione and warfarin.
• Anticholinesterases - used to treat myasthenia gravis (a muscle condition) such as distigmine
and neostigmine.
• Antibiotics (such as erythromycin).
• Aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (also called NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen
used to treat mild to moderate pain.
• Barbiturates, carbamazepine, phenytoin and primidone - used to treat epilepsy.
• Carbenoxolone - used for heartburn and acid indigestion.
• Ciclosporin - used to treat conditions such as severe rheumatoid arthritis, severe psoriasis or
following an organ or bone marrow transplant.
• Digoxin - used for heart failure and/or an irregular heart beat.
• Diltiazem or mibefradil - used for heart problems or high blood pressure.
• Diuretics - sometimes called water tablets.
• Ketoconazole or itraconazole - used to treat fungal infections.
• Pancuronium - or other medicines called neuromuscular blocking agents which are used in
some surgical procedures.
• Rifampicin and rifabutin - antibiotics used to treat tuberculosis (TB).
• Vaccines - tell your doctor or nurse if you have recently had, or are about to have any
vaccination. You should not have ‘live’ vaccines while using this medicine. Other vaccines may
be less effective.

Children
Corticosteroids can affect growth in children so your doctor will prescribe the lowest dose that will be effective
for your child.

If you are taking long term medication(s)
If you are being treated for diabetes, high blood pressure or water retention (oedema) tell your doctor as
he/she may need to adjust the dose of the medicines used to treat these conditions.
Before you have any operation, tell your doctor, dentist or anesthetist that you are taking this
medicine.
If you require a test to be carried out by your doctor or in hospital it is important that you tell the
doctor or nurse that you are taking Depo-Medrone with Lidocaine. This medicine can affect the results of
some tests.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
You must tell your doctor if you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant or are trying to become
pregnant as this medicine could slow the baby’s growth.

If you are given more Depo-Medrone with Lidocaine than you should
If you think you have been given too many injections of this medicine please speak to your doctor immediately.
Stopping/reducing the dose of your Depo-Medrone with Lidocaine
Your doctor will decide when it is time to stop your treatment.
You will need to come off this treatment slowly if you:
• have been given more than 6 mg (0.15 ml) Depo-Medrone with Lidocaine for more than 3 weeks;
• have been given high doses of Depo-Medrone with Lidocaine, over 32 mg (0.8 ml) daily, even if it
was only for 3 weeks or less;
• have already had a course of corticosteroid tablets or injections in the last year;
• already have problems with your adrenal glands (adrenocortical insufficiency) before you started this
treatment.
You will need to come off this medicine slowly to avoid withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms may include
itchy skin, fever, muscle and joint pains, runny nose, sticky eyes, sweating and weight loss.
If your symptoms seem to return or get worse as your dose of this medicine is reduced tell your doctor
immediately.
Mental problems while taking Depo-Medrone with Lidocaine
Mental health problems can happen while taking steroids like Depo-Medrone with Lidocaine (see also section
4, Possible Side Effects).
• These illnesses can be serious.
• Usually they start within a few days or weeks of starting the medicine.
• They are more likely to happen at high doses.
• Most of these problems go away if the dose is lowered or the medicine is stopped. However if the
problems do happen they might need treatment.
Talk to a doctor if you (or someone using this medicine) show any signs of mental problems.
This is particularly important if you are depressed, or might be thinking about suicide. In a few cases mental
problems have happened when doses are being lowered or stopped.

4. Possible side-effects
Like all steroids this medicine can cause side-effects, although not everybody gets them. Your doctor will have
given you this medicine for a condition which if not treated properly could become serious.

Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding as small amounts of corticosteroid medicines may get into
breast milk.
If you continue breast-feeding while you are having treatment, your baby will need extra checks to make
sure he or she is not being affected by your medicine.
Driving and Using Machines
There are no special precautions while you are being treated with this medicine.
Important information about some of the ingredients of Depo-Medrone with Lidocaine
This medicine contains benzyl alcohol. This medicine must not be given to premature babies or neonates.
It may cause toxic reactions and allergic reactions in infants and children up to 3 years old.

3. How Depo-Medrone with Lidocaine is given to you
Steroid Cards
Remember to always carry a Steroid Treatment Card. Make sure your doctor or pharmacist has
filled out the details of your medicine, including the dose and how long you will require steroid
treatment.
You should show your steroid card to anyone who gives you treatment (such as a doctor, nurse or
dentist) while you are taking this medicine, and for 3 months after your last injection.
If you are admitted to hospital for any reason always tell your doctor or nurse that you are taking this
medicine. You can also wear a medic-alert bracelet or pendant to let medical staff know that you are
taking a steroid if you have an accident or become unconscious.
Dosage information
Your doctor will decide on the site of injection, how much of the medicine and how many injections you
will receive depending on the condition being treated and its severity. Your doctor will inject you with the
lowest dose for the shortest possible time to get effective relief of your symptoms.
Adults
Your doctor/nurse will tell you how many injections you will require for the condition you are being treated
for, and when you will get them.
Joints - the normal dose for the injections into joint will depend on the size of the joint. Large joints (e.g.
knee, ankle and shoulder) may require 20 - 80 mg (0.5 – 2 ml), medium sized joints (e.g. elbow or wrist)
10 - 40 mg (0.25 – 1 ml) and small joints (e.g. finger or toe joints) may require a 4 - 10 mg (0.1 -0.25 ml)
dose.
Joint injections may be given weekly over a period of several weeks, depending on how quickly you
respond to treatment.
Bursitis, epicondylitis (tennis elbow) and tendonitis – the usual dose is between 4-30 mg (0.1 - 0.75 ml). In
most cases repeat injections will not be needed for bursitis and epicondylitis. Repeat injections may be
necessary to treat long standing tendonitis.

In certain medical conditions medicines like Depo-Medrone and Lidocaine (steroids) should not be
stopped abruptly, if you suffer from any of the following symptoms seek IMMEDIATE medical attention,
your doctor will then decide whether you should continue taking your medicine:
• Allergic reactions, such as skin rash, swelling of the face or wheezing and difficulty breathing. This
type of side effect is rare, but can be serious.
• Acute pancreatitis, stomach pain which may spread through to your back, possibly accompanied by
vomiting, shock and loss of consciousness.
• Burst or bleeding ulcers, symptoms of which are severe stomach pain which may go through to the
back and could be associated with bleeding from the back passage, black or bloodstained stools
and/or vomiting blood.
• Infections. This medicine can hide or change the signs and symptoms of some infections, or reduce
your resistance to the infection, so that they are hard to diagnose at an early stage. Symptoms might
include a raised temperature and feeling unwell.
Symptoms of a flare up of a previous TB infection could be coughing blood or pain in the chest. This
medicine may also make you more likely to develop a severe infection.
• Pulmonary embolus (blood clot in the lung) symptoms include sudden sharp chest pain,
breathlessness and coughing up blood.
• Raised pressure within the skull of children (pseudotumour cerebri) symptoms of which are
headaches with vomiting, lack of energy and drowsiness. This side-effect usually occurs after
treatment is stopped.
• Thrombophlebitis (blood clots or thrombosis in a leg vein), symptoms of which include painful
swollen, red and tender veins.
If you experience any of the following side effects, or notice any other unusual effects not mentioned
in this leaflet, tell your doctor immediately:
Blood, heart and circulation
• Problems with the pumping of your heart (heart failure) symptoms of which are swollen ankles,
difficulty in breathing and palpitations (awareness of heart beat) or irregular beating of the heart,
irregular or very fast or slow pulse.
• High blood pressure, symptoms of which are headaches, or generally feeling unwell.
• Increased numbers of white blood cells (leucocytosis).
Body water and salts
• Swelling and high blood pressure, caused by increased levels of water and salt content.
• Cramps and spasms, due to the loss of potassium from your body. In rare cases this can lead to
congestive heart failure (when the heart cannot pump properly).
Digestive system
• Nausea (feeling sick) or vomiting (being sick).
• Ulcers or thrush in the gullet (discomfort on swallowing).
• Indigestion.
• Bloated stomach.
• Persistent hiccups, especially when high doses are taken.

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Special precautions:
Particular care is required when considering the use of systemic corticosteroids in patients with the following
conditions and frequent patient monitoring is necessary.
1. Osteoporosis (post-menopausal females are particularly at risk).
2. Hypertension or congestive heart failure.
3. Existing or previous history of severe affective disorders (especially previous steroid psychosis).
4. Diabetes mellitus (or a family history of diabetes).
5. History of tuberculosis.
6. Glaucoma (or a family history of glaucoma).
7. Previous corticosteroid-induced myopathy.
8. Liver failure or cirrhosis.
9. Renal insufficiency.
10. Epilepsy.
11. Peptic ulceration.
12. Fresh intestinal anastomoses.
13. Predisposition to thrombophlebitis.
14. Abscess or other pyogenic infections.
15. Ulcerative colitis.
16. Diverticulitis.
17. Myasthenia gravis.
18. Ocular herpes simplex, for fear of corneal perforation.
19. Hypothyroidism.
20. Patients and/or carers should be warned that potentially severe psychiatric adverse reactions may occur
with systemic steroids (see section 4.8). Symptoms typically emerge within a few days or weeks of starting
treatment. Risks may be higher with high doses/systemic exposure (see also section 4.5 Interaction with
Other Medicaments and Other Forms of Interaction that can increase the risk of side effects), although
dose levels do not allow prediction of the onset, type, severity or duration of reactions. Most reactions
recover after either dose reduction or withdrawal, although specific treatment may be necessary.
Patients/carers should be encouraged to seek medical advice if worrying psychological symptoms develop,
especially if depressed mood or suicidal ideation is suspected. Patients/carers should be alert to possible
psychiatric disturbances that may occur either during or immediately after dose tapering/withdrawal of
systemic steroids, although such reactions have been reported infrequently.
Particular care is required when considering the use of systemic corticosteroids in patients with existing or
previous history of severe affective disorders in themselves or in their first degree relatives. These would
include depressive or manic-depressive illness and previous steroid psychosis.
Use in children: Corticosteroids cause growth retardation in infancy, childhood and adolescence which may be
irreversible. Treatment should be limited to the minimum dosage for the shortest possible time.
Use in the elderly: The common adverse effects of systemic corticosteroids may be associated with more
serious consequences in old age, especially osteoporosis, hypertension, hypokalaemia, diabetes,
susceptibility to infection and thinning of the skin. Close clinical supervision is required to avoid life-threatening
reactions.
Use in Pregnancy and Lactation:
Pregnancy
The ability of corticosteroids to cross the placenta varies between individual drugs, however,
methylprednisolone does cross the placenta.
Administration of corticosteroids to pregnant animals can cause abnormalities of foetal development including
cleft palate, intra-uterine growth retardation and affects on brain growth and development. There is no
evidence that corticosteroids result in an increased incidence of congenital abnormalities, such as cleft palate
in man, however, when administered for long periods or repeatedly during pregnancy, corticosteroids may
increase the risk of intra-uterine growth retardation. Hypoadrenalism may, in theory, occur in the neonate
following prenatal exposure to corticosteroids but usually resolves spontaneously following birth and is rarely
clinically important. As with all drugs, corticosteroids should only be prescribed when the benefits to the
mother and child outweigh the risks. When corticosteroids are essential, however, patients with normal
pregnancies may be treated as though they were in the non-gravid state.
The use of local anaesthetics such as lidocaine during labour and delivery may be associated with adverse
effects on mother and foetus. Lidocaine readily crosses the placenta.
Lactation
Corticosteroids are excreted in small amounts in breast milk, however, doses of up to 40 mg daily of
methylprednisolone are unlikely to cause systemic effects in the infant.
Infants of mothers taking higher doses than this may have a degree of adrenal suppression, but the benefits of
breastfeeding are likely to outweigh any theoretical risk.
It is not known whether lidocaine is excreted in human breast milk.
Use in children: Corticosteroids cause growth retardation in infancy, childhood and adolescence which may be
irreversible. Treatment should be limited to the minimum dosage for the shortest possible time.
Use in the elderly: The common adverse effects of systemic corticosteroids may be associated with more
serious consequences in old age, especially osteoporosis, hypertension, hypokalaemia, diabetes,
susceptibility to infection and thinning of the skin. Close clinical supervision is required to avoid life-threatening
reactions.
Overdosage: There is no clinical syndrome of acute overdosage with Depo-Medrone with Lidocaine. Following
overdosage the possibility of adrenal suppression should be guarded against by gradual diminution of dose
levels over a period of time. In such event the patient may require to be supported during any further traumatic
episode.
Incompatibilities (major): None stated.
Pharmaceutical precautions
Do not store above 25° C. Avoid freezing. Do not mix with other agents, discard any remaining suspension
after use.
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PHYSICIAN LEAFLET
Depo-Medrone® with Lidocaine (40mg + 10mg)/ml
(Methylprednisolone acetate and Lidocaine hydrochloride)
Presentation
White, sterile aqueous suspension for injection containing 40 mg per ml methylprednisolone acetate and 10
mg per ml lidocaine hydrochloride. Also contains macrogol 3350, sodium chloride, myristyl-gamma-picolinium
chloride, benzyl alcohol and sterile water for injections.
Uses
Corticosteroid (glucocorticoid). Depo-Medrone with Lidocaine is indicated in conditions requiring a
glucocorticoid effect: e.g. anti-inflammatory or anti-rheumatic. It is recommended for local use where the
added anaesthetic effect would be considered advantageous.
Therapy with Depo-Medrone with Lidocaine does not obviate the need for the conventional measures usually
employed. Although this method of treatment will ameliorate symptoms, it is in no sense a cure and the
hormone has no effect on the cause of the inflammation.
Depo-Medrone with Lidocaine may be used as follows:
Intra-articular administration
Rheumatoid arthritis
Osteo-arthritis with an inflammatory component
Periarticular administration
Epicondylitis
Intrabursal administration
Subacromial bursitis
Prepatellar bursitis
Olecranon bursitis
Tendon sheath administration
Tendinitis
Tenosynovitis
Epicondylitis
Dosage and administration
Depo-Medrone with Lidocaine should not be mixed with any other preparation as flocculation of the product
may occur. Parenteral drug products should be inspected visually for particulate matter and discoloration prior
to administration whenever suspension and container permit.
Depo-Medrone with Lidocaine may be used by any of the following routes: intra-articular, periarticular,
intrabursal, and into the tendon sheath. It must not be used by the intrathecal or intravenous routes. (See
Contra-indications and Side effects).
Undesirable effects may be minimized by using the lowest effective dose for the minimum period (see Special
warnings and precautions).
Depo-Medrone with Lidocaine vials are intended for single dose use only.
Intra-articular: Rheumatoid arthritis, osteo-arthritis. The dose of Depo-Medrone with Lidocaine depends on the
size of the joint and the severity of the condition. Repeated injections, if needed, may be given at intervals of
one to five or more weeks depending upon the degree of relief obtained from the initial injection. A suggested
dosage guide is: large joint (knee, ankle, shoulder), 0.5 - 2 ml (20 - 80 mg of steroid); medium joint (elbow,
wrist), 0.25 - 1 ml (10 - 40 mg of steroid); small joint (metacarpophalangeal, interphalangeal, sternoclavicular,
acromioclavicular), 0.1 - 0.25 ml (4 - 10 mg of steroid).
Periarticular: Epicondylitis. Infiltrate 0.1 - 0.75 ml (4 - 30 mg of steroid) into the affected area.
Intrabursal: Subdeltoid bursitis, prepatellar bursitis, olecranon bursitis. For administration directly into bursae,
0.1 - 0.75 ml (4 - 30 mg of steroid). In most acute cases, repeat injections are not needed.
Into the tendon sheath: Tendinitis, tenosynovitis, epicondylitis. For administration directly into the tendon
sheath, 0.1 - 0.75 ml (4 - 30 mg of steroid). In recurrent or chronic conditions, repeat injections may be
necessary.
Special precautions should be observed when administering Depo-Medrone with Lidocaine:
Intra-articular injections should be made using precise, anatomical localisation into the synovial space of the
joint involved. The injection site for each joint is determined by that location where the synovial cavity is most
superficial and most free of large vessels and nerves. Suitable sites for intra-articular injection are the knee,
ankle, wrist, elbow, shoulder, phalangeal and hip joints.
The spinal joints, unstable joints and those devoid of synovial space are not suitable. Treatment failures are
most frequently the result of failure to enter the joint space. Intra-articular injections should be made with care
as follows: ensure correct positioning of the needle into the synovial space and aspirate a few drops of joint
fluid. The aspirating syringe should then be replaced by another containing Depo-Medrone with Lidocaine. To
ensure position of the needle synovial fluid should be aspirated and the injection made.
After injection the joint is moved slightly to aid mixing of the synovial fluid and the suspension.
Subsequent to therapy care should be taken for the patient not to overuse the joint in which benefit has been
obtained. Negligence in this matter may permit an increase in joint deterioration that will more than offset the
beneficial effects of the steroid. Intrabursal injections should be made as follows: the area around the injection
site is prepared in a sterile way and a wheal at the site made with 1 percent procaine hydrochloride solution. A
20 to 24 gauge needle attached to a dry syringe is inserted into the bursa and the fluid aspirated. The needle
is left in place and the aspirating syringe changed for a small syringe containing the desired dose. After
injection, the needle is withdrawn and a small dressing applied. In the treatment of tenosynovitis and tendinitis,
care should be taken to inject Depo-Medrone with Lidocaine into the tendon sheath rather than into the
substance of the tendon. Due to the absence of a true tendon sheath, the Achilles tendon should not be
injected with Depo-Medrone with Lidocaine.
Children: For infants and children, the recommended dosage should be reduced, but dosage should be
governed by the severity of the condition rather than by strict adherence to the ratio indicated by age or body
weight.
Elderly patients: When used according to instructions, there is no information to suggest that a change in
dosage is warranted in the elderly. However, treatment of elderly patients, particularly if long-term, should be
planned bearing in mind the more serious consequences of the common side-effects of corticosteroids in old
age and close clinical supervision is required (see special warnings and precautions).
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Contra-indications, warnings, etc.
Contra-indications: Depo-Medrone with Lidocaine is contra-indicated where there is known
hypersensitivity to components or to any local anaesthetics of the amide type and in systemic infection
unless anti-infective therapy is employed.
Due to its potential for neurotoxicity, Depo-Medrone with Lidocaine must not be given by the intrathecal
route. In addition, as the product is a suspension it must not be given by the intravenous route (see
Side-effects).
Interactions:
1. Convulsions have been reported with concurrent use of methylprednisolone and ciclosporin. Since
concurrent administration of these agents results in a mutual inhibition of metabolism, it is possible that
convulsions and other adverse effects associated with the individual use of either drug may be more
apt to occur.
2. Drugs that induce hepatic enzymes, such as rifampicin, rifabutin, carbamazepine, phenobarbitone,
phenytoin, primidone and aminoglutethimide enhance the metabolism of corticosteroids and their
therapeutic effect may be reduced.
3. Drugs such as erythromycin and ketoconazole may inhibit the metabolism of corticosteroids and thus
decrease their clearance.
4. Steroids may reduce the effects of anticholinesterases in myasthenia gravis. The desired effects of
hypoglycaemic agents (including insulin), anti-hypertensives and diuretics are antagonized by
corticosteroids, and the hypokalaemic effects of acetazolamide, loop diuretics, thiazide diuretics and
carbenoxolone are enhanced.
5. The efficacy of coumarin anticoagulants may be enhanced by concurrent corticosteroid therapy and
close monitoring of the INR or prothrombin time is required to avoid spontaneous bleeding.
6. The renal clearance of salicylates is increased by corticosteroids and steroid withdrawal may result in
salicylate intoxication. Salicylates and non-steroid anti-inflammatory agents should be used cautiously
in conjunction with corticosteroids in hypothrombinaemia.
7. Steroids have been reported to interact with neuromuscular blocking agents such as pancuronium with
partial reversal of the neuromuscular block.
Effects on ability to drive and to use machines: None stated.
Other undesirable effects (frequency and seriousness)
Side effects: The incidence of predictable undesirable side effects associated with the use of
corticosteroids, including hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal suppression correlates with the relative potency
of the drug, dosage, timing of administration and duration of treatment (see Special warnings and
precautions).
Side-effects for the Depo-Medrone component may be observed including:
PARENTERAL CORTICOSTEROID THERAPY – Anaphylactic reaction or allergic reactions,
hypopigmentation or hyperpigmentation, subcutaneous and cutaneous atrophy, sterile abscess, post
injection flare (following intra-articular use), Charcot-like arthropathy.
GASTRO-INTESTINAL – Dyspepsia, peptic ulceration with perforation and haemorrhage, abdominal
distension, oesophageal ulceration, oesophageal candidiasis, acute pancreatitis, perforation of bowel.
Increases in alanine transaminase (ALT, SGPT) aspartate transaminase (AST, SGOT) and alkaline
phosphatase have been observed following corticosteroid treatment. These changes are usually small,
not associated with any clinical syndrome and are reversible upon discontinuation.
ANTI-INFLAMMATORY AND IMMUNOSUPPRESSIVE EFFECTS –Increased susceptibility and severity
of infections with suppression of clinical symptoms and signs, opportunistic infections, may suppress
reactions to skin tests, recurrence of dormant tuberculosis (see Special warnings and precautions).
MUSCULOSKELETAL – Proximal myopathy, osteoporosis, vertebral and long bone fractures, avascular
osteonecrosis, tendon rupture, aseptic necrosis, muscle weakness.
FLUID AND ELECTROLYTE DISTURBANCE – Sodium and water retention, potassium loss,
hypertension, hypokalaemic alkalosis, congestive heart failure in susceptible patients.
DERMATOLOGICAL – Impaired healing, petechiae and ecchymosis, thin fragile skin, skin atrophy,
bruising, striae, telangiectasia, acne.
ENDOCRINE/METABOLIC – Suppression of the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis, growth suppression
in infancy, childhood and adolescence, menstrual irregularity and amenorrhoea. Cushingoid facies,
hirsutism, weight gain, impaired carbohydrate tolerance with increased requirement for antidiabetic
therapy, negative nitrogen and calcium balance, increased appetite.
NEUROPSYCHIATRIC - A wide range of psychiatric reactions including affective disorders (such as
irritable, euphoric, depressed and labile mood psychological dependence and suicidal thoughts), psychotic
reactions (including mania, delusions, hallucinations and aggravation of schizophrenia), behavioural
disturbances, irritability, anxiety, sleep disturbances, and cognitive dysfunction including confusion and
amnesia have been reported for all corticosteroids.
Reactions are common and may occur in both adults and children. Psychological effects have been
reported on withdrawal of corticosteroids; the frequency is unknown. Increased intra-cranial pressure with
papilloedema in children (pseudotumour cerebri) has been reported, usually after treatment withdrawal of
methylprednisolone.
OPHTHALMIC – Increased intra-ocular pressure, glaucoma, papilloedema, cataracts with possible
damage to the optic nerve, corneal or scleral thinning, exacerbation of ophthalmic viral or fungal disease,
exophthalmos.
GENERAL – Leucocytosis, hypersensitivity including anaphylaxis, thrombo-embolism, nausea, vertigo.
WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS - Too rapid a reduction of corticosteroid dosage following prolonged
treatment can lead to acute adrenal insufficiency, hypotension and death. However, this is more
applicable to corticosteroids with an indication where continuous therapy is given (see Special warnings
and precautions).
A ’withdrawal syndrome’ may also occur including, fever, myalgia, arthralgia, rhinitis, conjunctivitis, painful
itchy skin nodules and loss of weight.
Side effects for the Lidocaine component include:
CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM - Light-headedness, nervousness, apprehension, euphoria, confusion,
dizziness, drowsiness, tinnitus, blurred or double vision, vomiting, sensation of heat, cold, numbness,
twitching, tremors, convulsions, loss of consciousness, respiratory depression, respiratory arrest.
CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM - Bradycardia, hypotension, cardiovascular collapse, cardiac arrest.
ALLERGIC REACTIONS - Cutaneous lesions, urticaria, oedema, anaphylactic reactions.
CERTAIN SIDE-EFFECTS REPORTED WITH SOME NON RECOMMENDED ROUTES OF
ADMINISTRATION:
Intrathecal: Usual systemic corticoid adverse reactions, headache, meningismus, meningitis, paraplegia,
spinal fluid abnormalities, nausea, vomiting, sweating, arachnoiditis, convulsions.
Extradural: Wound dehiscence, loss of sphincter control.
Intranasal: Permanent/temporary blindness, allergic reactions, rhinitis.
Ophthalmic (Subconjunctival): Redness and itching, abscess, slough at injection site, residue at injection
site, increased intra-ocular pressure, decreased vision - blindness, infection.
Miscellaneous: Scalp, tonsillar fauces, sphenopalatine ganglion: blindness.

Special warnings and precautions

Warnings and Precautions:
1. A Patient Information Leaflet is provided in the pack by the manufacturer.
2. Undesirable effects may be minimized by using the lowest effective dose for the minimum period. Frequent
patient review is required to appropriately titrate the dose against disease activity (see Dosage and
administration).
3. Patients should carry ‘Steroid Treatment’ cards which give clear guidance on the precautions to be taken
to minimize risk and which provide details of prescriber, drug, dosage and the duration of treatment.
4. Depo-Medrone with Lidocaine vials are intended for single dose use only. Any multidose use of the
product may lead to contamination.
5. Depo-Medrone with Lidocaine is not recommended for epidural, intranasal, intra-ocular, or any other
unapproved route of administration. See Side effects section for details of side effects reported from some
non-recommended routes of administration.
6. Due to the absence of a true tendon sheath, the Achilles tendon should not be injected with Depo-Medrone
with Lidocaine.
7. While crystals of adrenal steroids in the dermis suppress inflammatory reactions, their presence may
cause disintegration of the cellular elements and physiochemical changes in the ground substance of the
connective tissue. The resultant infrequently occurring dermal and/or subdermal changes may form
depressions in the skin at the injection site and the possibility of depigmentation. The degree to which this
reaction occurs will vary with the amount of adrenal steroid injected. Regeneration is usually complete
within a few months or after all crystals of the adrenal steroid have been absorbed. In order to minimize
the incidence of dermal and subdermal atrophy, care must be exercised not to exceed recommended
doses in injections. Multiple small injections into the area of the lesion should be made whenever possible.
The technique of intra-articular injection should include precautions against injection or leakage into the
dermis.
8. Systemic absorption of methylprednisolone occurs following intra-articular injection of Depo-Medrone with
Lidocaine. Systemic as well as local effects can therefore be expected.
9. Intra-articular corticosteroids are associated with a substantially increased risk of inflammatory response in
the joint, particularly bacterial infection introduced with the injection. Charcot-like arthropathies have been
reported particularly after repeated injections. Appropriate examination of any joint fluid present is
necessary to exclude any bacterial infection, prior to injection.
10. Following a single dose of Depo-Medrone with Lidocaine, plasma cortisol levels are reduced and there is
evidence of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA) suppression. This suppression lasts for a variable
period of up to 4 weeks. The usual dynamic tests of HPA axis function can be used to diagnose evidence
of impaired activity (e.g. Synacthen test).
11. Adrenal cortical atrophy develops during prolonged therapy and may persist for months after stopping
treatment. In patients who have received more than physiological doses of systemic corticosteroids
(approximately 6 mg methylprednisolone) for greater than 3 weeks, withdrawal should not be abrupt. How
dose reduction should be carried out depends largely on whether the disease is likely to relapse as the
dose of systemic corticosteroids is reduced. Clinical assessment of disease activity may be needed during
withdrawal. If the disease is unlikely to relapse on withdrawal of systemic corticosteroids, but there is
uncertainty about HPA suppression, the dose of systemic corticosteroid may be reduced rapidly to
physiological doses. Once a daily dose of 6 mg methylprednisolone is reached, dose reduction should be
slower to allow the HPA-axis to recover.
Abrupt withdrawal of systemic corticosteroid treatment, which has continued up to 3 weeks is appropriate if
it considered that the disease is unlikely to relapse. Abrupt withdrawal of doses up to 32 mg daily of
methylprednisolone for 3 weeks is unlikely to lead to clinically relevant HPA-axis suppression, in the
majority of patients. In the following patient groups, gradual withdrawal of systemic corticosteroid therapy
should be considered even after courses lasting 3 weeks or less:
o Patients who have had repeated courses of systemic corticosteroids, particularly if taken for
greater than 3 weeks.
o When a short course has been prescribed within one year of cessation of long-term therapy
(months or years).
o Patients who may have reasons for adrenocortical insufficiency other than exogenous
corticosteroid therapy.
o Patients receiving doses of corticosteroid greater than 32 mg daily of methylprednisolone.
o Patients repeatedly taking doses in the evening.
12. Since mineralocorticoid secretion may be impaired, salt and/or a mineralocorticoid should be administered
concurrently.
13. Because rare instances of anaphylactic reactions have occurred in patients receiving parenteral
corticosteroid therapy, appropriate precautionary measures should be taken prior to administration,
especially when the patient has a history of drug allergy.
14. Corticosteroids may mask some signs of infection, and new infections may appear during their use.
Suppression of the inflammatory response and immune function increases the susceptibility to fungal, viral
and bacterial infections and their severity. The clinical presentation may often be atypical and may reach
an advanced stage before being recognized.
15. Chickenpox is of serious concern since this normally minor illness may be fatal in immunosuppressed
patients. Patients (or parents of children) without a definite history of chickenpox should be advised to
avoid close personal contact with chickenpox or herpes zoster and if exposed they should seek urgent
medical attention. Passive immunisation with varicella/zoster immunoglobulin (VZIG) is needed by
exposed non-immune patients who are receiving systemic corticosteroids or who have used them within
the previous 3 months; this should be given within 10 days of exposure to chickenpox. If a diagnosis of
chickenpox is confirmed, the illness warrants specialist care and urgent treatment. Corticosteroids should
not be stopped and the dose may need to be increased.
16. Live vaccines should not be given to individuals with impaired immune responsiveness. The antibody
response to other vaccines may be diminished.
17. If corticosteroids are indicated in patients with latent tuberculosis or tuberculin reactivity, close observation
is necessary as reactivation of the disease may occur. During prolonged corticosteroid therapy, these
patients should receive chemoprophylaxis.
18. This product contains benzyl alcohol. Benzyl alcohol has been reported to be associated with a fatal
"Gasping Syndrome" in premature infants.
19. Care should be taken for patients receiving cardioactive drugs such as digoxin because of steroid induced
electrolyte disturbance/potassium loss (see Side-effects).
20. The following precautions apply for parenteral corticosteroids: Following intra-articular injection, a marked
increase in pain accompanied by local swelling, further restriction of joint motion, fever, and malaise are
suggestive of septic arthritis. If this complication occurs and the diagnosis of sepsis is confirmed,
appropriate antimicrobial therapy should be instituted.
No additional benefit derives from the intramuscular administration of Depo-Medrone with Lidocaine. Where
parenteral corticosteroid therapy for sustained systemic effect is desired, plain Depo-Medrone should be used.
Local injection of a steroid into a previously infected joint is to be avoided.
Corticosteroids should not be injected into unstable joints.
Sterile technique is necessary to prevent infections or contamination.

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