Just wanted to get out the word for anyone who has not heard about the spinal injections of methylprednisolone for pain and the current contamination issue. Hopefully all have received the FDA warning and heard it on the news. I recall some writers over the past few months were having this done. Wondering how everyone is who has had this done or have had this medication before an infusion.
Methylprednisolone injections is everyone aware?
- 11 Oct 2012 by endlessPred
- 18 October 2012
- pain, immunosuppression, methylprednisolone, injection, fda
Added 12 Oct 2012:
The fungus is aspergillosis. This can be very deadly and is ubiquitous in the environment. Most of us have no problem with it and our body handles it. Unfortunately, this is where the body is not effective when in the spinal column. I have lung damage. I also have encapsulated colonies of aspergillosis in my lungs. Being immunosuppressed I too am vulnerable. My Pulmonologist says it would not be survivable if it starts growing.
My heart goes out to every one of the people who have been affected. It is a horrible situation. Anyone who has received an injection of the methylprednisolone for any reason since June, please see your doctor immediately. It is not just the spinal meningitis. Suppressed immune systems are also at risk. As the hours go by, the cases continue to come in. It is predicted that almost every state will be affected. Please don't panic if you are doing well. Just check in with your doctor and find out if you did receive an injection from the contaminated batches. You will be at peace that way.
Added 12 Oct 2012:
Here is some recent information regarding the current extent and concerns for these injections including new areas of the body to be concerned. Tis is an excerpt from a web article.
14,000 AT RISK by Rueters 25 minutes ago.
The CDC is working furiously to contain the meningitis outbreak from medications shipped to 23 states. Deaths have been reported in Tennessee, Florida, Michigan, Indiana, Maryland and Virginia.
Of the 14,000 people at risk of infection, medical practitioners still were trying to reach about 2,000 patients to warn them to be tested immediately.
"We are not out of the woods yet," Dr. Todd Weber, manager of the CDC response to the meningitis outbreak, said during a briefing on Thursday.
While most of the patients at risk received epidural injections to alleviate back pain, the CDC said patients who received injections in joints such as a knee or ankle also should be checked.
They disclosed that a Michigan patient had developed an infection after an injection in an ankle. Tests have not yet been completed to determine if it is a fungal infection.
Thank God I cancelled mine that I has scheduled last month. I had rescheduled it several times then pretty much decided against doing it altogether! I dont think AZ has seen any problems so far. Apparently this manufacturer is a compounding pharmacy who was acting like a regular supplier and was being "watched" by the FDA. It kills me that they think steroids for epidural, which have never been shown to really work better than placebo, is a better option than opioids which have been used by mankind for thousands of years and ARE effective! There I go again-dont get me started! lol
Be Vigilant for at least several months.
At this time, CDC is recommending that patients with confirmed fungal meningitis receive 2 antifungal drugs — voriconazole, preferably at a dose of 6 mg/kg every 12 hours (intravenous initially) and to continue receiving this high dose for the duration of treatment, if possible; and liposomal amphotericin B, preferably at a dose of 7.5 mg/kg intravenously daily (higher than standard dose).
These drugs are very strong and can be very difficult for patients to tolerate over a long period of time.
At this time, the CDC does not recommend initiation of antifungal prophylaxis in exposed patients who are asymptomatic.
The onset of symptoms is typically between 1 and 4 weeks; however, there are reports of longer time between injection and onset of symptoms, Dr. Weber said, "so patients and their doctors will need to be vigilant for at least several months following the injection."
The number of people exposed to potentially contaminated methylprednisolone acetate is closer to 14,000 — not 13,000. As of today, the CDC said a total of 170 cases (including the 14 deaths) have been reported across 11 states: Florida (7 cases, 2 deaths), Idaho (1 case), Indiana (21 cases, 1 death), Maryland (13 cases, 1 death), Michigan (39 cases, 3 deaths), Minnesota (3 cases), New Jersey (2 cases), North Carolina (2 cases), Ohio (3 cases), Tennessee (49 cases, 6 deaths), and Virginia (30 cases, 1 death).
Hubby got several injections a few days before the recalls!! We went nuts for about a week, until we could confirm that he didn't get the recalled steroids! It was sooooo scary, I can't begin to tell you how close to home that hit! I've been following the story every since very closely just to make sure, and it seems that (as always). FL is the hotbed of all the activity! Hope no one here got one of those injections. Takes up to four weeks, and now they are saying longer to find out if you get sick or not. What a nightmare!!
@Dzoo, the steroid injections don't work better than a placebo?? Where can I find this information before PM makes me go through those injections myself? Thanks!
- Methylprednisolone Information for Consumers
- Methylprednisolone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Methylprednisolone (detailed)
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