Methylprednisolone is a corticosteroid used for a variety of conditions including allergies, inflammation, lupus, colitis, and certain forms of kidney disease. Methylprednisolone requires a prescription and is sold per tablet.
Cats and Dogs
Corticosteroids have anti-allergy as well as anti-inflammatory properties.
Various side effects can occur. Be sure to tell your veterinarian what medications you are giving to your pet.
Medrol (Pharmacia & Upjohn)
Methylprednisolone is in a class of drugs called steroids. Methylprednisolone reduces swelling and decreases the body's immune response. Methylprednisolone is used to treat many conditions including inflammation, lupus, allergy, asthma, colitis, and certain forms of kidney disease. Methylprednisolone may be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
Do not give methylprednisolone if your pet has a serious viral, bacterial, or fungal infection. Tell your veterinarian if your pet has kidney disease, liver disease, high blood pressure or heart disease, colitis or stomach ulcers, hypothyroidism, diabetes, or any other medical condition. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant or lactating.
Do not stop giving methylprednisolone suddenly if you have been giving the medication to your pet for a few weeks. A gradual reduction in dosage may be needed. Give methylprednisolone with food to prevent stomach upset. Methylprednisolone is used in dogs and cats for the treatment of many conditions. Methylprednisolone is available by prescription as 4mg scored tablets.
Give this medication exactly as directed by your veterinarian. Do not give more or less than your veterinarian has prescribed. If you do not understand the directions, ask your pharmacist or veterinarian to explain them to you. Allow plenty of water for your pet to drink. Give methylprednisolone with food to prevent stomach upset. Do not stop giving methylprednisolone suddenly if you have been giving the medication to your pet for a few weeks. Store this medication at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep out of the reach of children and pets.
If you are giving only one dose a day, give the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next regularly scheduled daily dose, skip the missed dose and give the next one as directed. If you give more than one dose a day, you can give the missed dose as soon as you remember, or you can give both doses at the same time when it is time for the next dose. If giving the medication every other day, give the missed dose as soon as you remember and then go back to the regular every other day schedule.
Do not give any vaccines during treatment with methylprednisolone unless your veterinarian tells you to do so.
Do not give your pet any over-the-counter or other prescription medications, including herbal products, without first talking to your veterinarian. Many other medicines can interact with methylprednisolone resulting in side effects or changes in the effectiveness of the medications.
Your pharmacist has additional information about methylprednisolone written for health professionals that you may read.
Call your veterinarian for medical advice about any side effects to your pet. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Do not stop giving methylprednisolone suddenly if you have been giving the medication to your pet for a few weeks. Give the medication with food to prevent stomach upset. Allow plenty of water for your pet to drink.
Store at room temperature, away from moisture and heat.