Methylprednisolone is an anti-inflammatory medication used to treat allergic reactions and inflammatory diseases.
Methylprednisolone is available by prescription only. Methylprednisolone is a glucocorticoid, closely related to cortisone, that is used to control inflammation and suppress the immune system. Methylprednisolone can be used in the treatment of allergic reactions, inflammatory diseases, autoimmune diseases, colitis, immune-mediated hemolytic anemia, lick granulomas, or trauma of the spinal cord and brain. Methylprednisolone is a steroid used to reduce swelling and decrease the body’s immune response.
Keep out of the reach of children and pets. Do not use in animals with known hypersensitivity to methylprednisolone. Do not use in pets that are pregnant or lactating. Do not use with any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin. Avoid use in animals with viral or fungal infections. Do not give any vaccines during treatment with methylprednisolone. Glucocorticoids can delay the healing process, so this drug should not be used before surgical procedures. Let your veterinarian know if your pet is on any other medications, as methylprednisolone can interact with other medications, including furosemide, insulin, phenobarbital, NSAIDs, or other steroids and certain antibiotics. Do not use in animals suffering from glaucoma, diabetes, Cushing’s syndrome, congestive heart failure, corneal ulcers, high blood pressure, or kidney failure. Store at room temperature. Store protected from light and moisture.
Give as directed by your veterinarian. Follow the instructions printed on the prescription label. Store methylprednisolone at room temperature Be sure to complete the prescription to ensure a full recovery, even if your pet seems to be improving, unless instructed otherwise by your veterinarian. Allow your pet access to plenty of drinking water while administering methylprednisolone. Methylprednisolone should be given with food. Do not stop methylprednisolone treatment suddenly. There should be a gradual reduction in dosage before stopping treatment.
In the case of a missed dose of methylprednisolone, give it as soon as you remember or wait until it is time to give the next dose. DO NOT GIVE A DOUBLE DOSE OF METHYLPREDNISOLONE. In the case of an overdose of methylprednisolone, seek attention from your veterinarian. The following symptoms could be signs of an overdose increased blood pressure, fluid retention, or weak muscles.
If you notice any behavioral or physiological changes in your pet while administering methylprednisolone, contact your veterinarian immediately.
Allergic Reactions and Serious Side Effects
Allergic reactions and serious side effects are rare, but in the case of an allergic reaction or a serious side effect you should stop methylprednisolone treatment and seek veterinary attention. Some common signs of allergic reactions and serious side effects are hives, breathing difficulty, facial swelling, increased blood pressure, sudden weight gain, thinning of the skin, glaucoma, or behavioral changes.