How frequently I can take Methylprednisolone IV 1gm X 5 days?
- 9 Aug 2011 by Sandeep.Saini
- 13 September 2011
- solu-medrol, multiple sclerosis, methylprednisolone, relapse
My wife was diagnosed with "Multiple Sclerosis" in 2009. Till now she has got three relapses. During each relapse she has given Solu-Medrol 1 gm X 5 days IV (tapered with oral medicines).
I just want to know that can we again give her IV steroids ? Because in the last 5 months we have already given her IV steroids two times.
Thanks & Regards,
Added 9 Aug 2011:
Relapse history -
First relapse problems (MAY 2009) – Vomiting, Vertigo, Optic Neuritis, Balancing Problem.
Second relapse problems (March 2011) – Pain in left eye, lost left eye vision.
Third relapse problems (MAY 2011) – Left side paralysis, not able to walk or hold anything.
Fourth relapse problems (JULY 2011) – Right side paralysis, not able to walk or hold anything.
How has your wife responded to the treatment? Have the symptoms completely gone? Does she have residual difficulties? Is she on one of the Disease Modifying agents? When a person is initially diagnosed, there often is a period of time when relapses occur frequently. Then things settle down... that is if she is "Relapsing Remitting" MS. I have had this disease for 11.5 years. The first 2 or 3, I had a relapse almost every 4 months. Then I suddenly had a 3 year remission. I haven't now had another serious relapse requiring Prednisone since 2005. I do know that her symptoms were very dramatic and required intervention.
I also know that persons have been on Prednisone for many years (oral), persons with Asthma, Ruematoid Arthritis, Lupus, and a host of other conditions are given this drug when their illness becomes unmanageable or in the case of Asthma, life threatening.
If you are very worried about the useage, I suggest that you speak to a pharmacist or two, google the drug, speak with other health care providers. Arm yourself with information... correct information.
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