Last Updated 05 Sep 2008
Solu-Medrone (Sol-yoo-Med-rone) is a medicine which is used in a number of conditions. Solu-Medrone contains methylprednisolone sodium succinate. It is made by Pharmacia Ltd.
The information in this Medicine Guide for Solu-medrone varies according to the condition being treated and the particular preparation used.
There are 5 preparations of Solu-medrone available. If Solu-Medrone 500mg powder and solvent for solution for injection vials is not the preparation you are looking for, please select from the drop down list below.
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Solu-Medrone is an injection that is usually given by a healthcare professional. The person responsible for giving you your medicine will make sure that you get the right dose. If you feel that the medicine is making you feel unwell or you think it is not working, you should talk to someone who is involved in your care.
Solu-Medrone suppresses the immune system and so can be used to treat autoimmune diseases. Solu-Medrone can help to prevent and to treat the rejection of transplanted organs. It can also be used in the treatment of certain types of cancers.
People who take corticosteroids for a long period of time are prone to infections as their immune system can become weak. These infections may be much more severe than they usually would be and the symptoms that would usually be used to identify such infections can be hidden. For this reason people who take Solu-Medrone must be careful to avoid exposure to infections such as chickenpox, shingles or measles whenever possible. If you have been exposed to chickenpox, shingles or measles, you must get immediate medical advice. You should continue to have your medicine unless your prescriber advises you to stop having it.
Other information about Solu-Medrone:
If your medical team decides that it is best that you do not take this medicine any more, they may advise that you do not stop Solu-Medrone abruptly. This is because, in some instances, such as when you have been having it for a long time, stopping Solu-Medrone abruptly can cause withdrawal symptoms. In these instances, reducing the dose of Solu-Medrone gradually over time may reduce the chances of having these problems.
If you have any concerns about this, talk to someone who is involved in your care.
As Solu-Medrone will be given to you as an injection, it will usually be stored by the medical team.
Solu-Medrone is not suitable for everyone and some people should never use it. Other people should only use it with special care. It is important that the person prescribing this medicine knows your full medical history.
Over time it is possible that Solu-Medrone can become unsuitable for some people, or they may become unsuitable for it. If at any time it appears that Solu-Medrone has become unsuitable, it is important that the prescriber is contacted immediately.
Once a medicine has been licensed, information on the medicine's effects, both intended and unintended, is continuously recorded and updated.
Everyone's reaction to a medicine is different. It is difficult to predict which side-effects you will have from taking a particular medicine, or whether you will have any side-effects at all. The important thing is to tell your prescriber or pharmacist if you are having problems with your medicine.
If you feel unwell or if you have concerns about a side-effect, you will need to seek advice. If you feel very ill, get medical help straight away. Contact your prescriber, pharmacist, nurse or call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.
The decision to use medicines that interact depends on your specific circumstances. Your prescriber may decide to use medicines that interact, if it is believed that the benefits of taking the medicines together outweigh the risks. In such cases, it may be necessary to alter your dose or monitor you more closely.
Tell your prescriber the names of all the medicines that you are taking so that they can consider all possible interactions. This includes all the medicines which have been prescribed by your GP, hospital doctor, dentist, nurse, health visitor, midwife or pharmacist. You must also tell your prescriber about medicines which you have bought over the counter without prescriptions.
Medicines can interact with complementary preparations and vitamins. In general, there is not much information available about interactions between medicines and complementary preparations or vitamins.
Your prescriber can advise whether it is appropriate for you to take combinations that are known to interact. They can also discuss with you the possible effect that the complementary preparations and vitamins may have on your condition.
When taking any medicine you should be aware that it might interfere with your ability to drive or operate machinery safely.
Like all medicines Solu-Medrone can cause side effects. You should see how this medicine affects you and then judge if you are safe to drive or operate machinery. If you are in any doubt, talk to your prescriber.
Most medicines, in some way, can affect the development of a baby in the womb. The effect on the baby differs between medicines and also depends on the stage of pregnancy that you have reached when you take the medicine.
In the case of Solu-Medrone:
You need to discuss your specific circumstances with your doctor to weigh up the overall risks and benefits of taking this medicine. You and your doctor can make a decision about whether you are going to take this medicine during pregnancy.
If the decision is that you should not have Solu-Medrone, then you should discuss whether there is an alternative medicine that you could take during pregnancy.
Certain medicines can pass into breast milk and may reach your baby through breast-feeding.
In the case of Solu-Medrone:
Before you have your baby you should discuss breast-feeding with your doctor or midwife. They will help you decide what is best for you and your baby based on the benefits and risks associated with this medicine. You should only breast-feed your baby while taking this medicine on the advice of your doctor or midwife.
Medicines contain active ingredients. They may also contain other, additional ingredients that help ensure the stability, safety and effectiveness of the medicine. Some may be used to prolong the life of the medicine.
If you are not able to take any of the ingredients in your medicine, talk to your prescriber or pharmacist to see if they can suggest an alternative medicine. If you have reacted badly to Solu-Medrone before, do not take Solu-Medrone. Talk to your prescriber, pharmacist or nurse as soon as possible.
Solu-Medrone, Version 4, last updated 05 Sep 2008