DEPO-MEDROL is an anti-inflammatory glucocorticoid for intramuscular, intra-articular, soft tissue or intralesional injection.
A. For Intramuscular Administration
When oral therapy is not feasible and the strength, dosage form, and route of administration of the drug reasonably lend the preparation to the treatment of the condition, the intramuscular use of DEPO-MEDROL Sterile Aqueous Suspension is indicated as follows:
Allergic States: Control of severe or incapacitating allergic conditions intractable to adequate trials of conventional treatment in asthma, atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, drug hypersensitivity reactions, seasonal or perennial allergic rhinitis, serum sickness, transfusion reactions.
Dermatologic Diseases: Bullous dermatitis herpetiformis, exfoliative erythroderma, mycosis fungoides, pemphigus, severe erythema multiforme (Stevens-Johnson syndrome).
Endocrine Disorders: Primary or secondary adrenocortical insufficiency (hydrocortisone or cortisone is the drug of choice; synthetic analogs may be used in conjunction with mineralocorticoids where applicable; in infancy, mineralocorticoid supplementation is of particular importance) congenital adrenal hyperplasia, hypercalcemia associated with cancer, nonsuppurative thyroiditis.
Gastrointestinal Diseases: To tide the patient over a critical period of the disease in regional enteritis (systemic therapy), ulcerative colitis
Hematologic Disorders: Acquired (autoimmune) hemolytic anemia, congenital (erythroid) hypoplastic anemia (Diamond blackfan anemia), pure red cell aplasia, select cases of secondary thrombocytopenia.
Miscellaneous: Trichinosis with neurologic or myocardial involvement, tuberculous meningitis with subarachnoid block or impending block when used concurrently with appropriate antituberculous chemotherapy.
Neoplastic Diseases: For palliative management of leukemias and lymphomas.
Nervous System: Acute exacerbations of multiple sclerosis. Cerebral edema associated with primary or metastatic brain tumor or craniotomy.
Ophthalmic Diseases: Sympathetic ophthalmia, temporal arteritis, Uveitis and ocular inflammatory conditions unresponsive to topical corticosteroids.
Renal Diseases: To induce diuresis or remission of proteinuria in idiopathic nephrotic syndrome, or that due to lupus erythematosus.
Respiratory Diseases: Berylliosis, symptomatic sarcoidosis, fulminating or disseminated pulmonary tuberculosis when used concurrently with appropriate antituberculous chemotherapy, idiopathic eosinophilic pneumonias, symptomatic sarcoidosis.
Rheumatic Disorders: As adjunctive therapy for short-term administration (to tide the patient over an acute episode or exacerbation) in acute gouty arthritis, acute rheumatic carditis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, including juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (selected cases may require low-dose maintenance therapy). For the treatment of dermatomyositis, polymyositis, and systemic lupus erythematosus.
B. FOR INTRA-ARTICULAR OR SOFT TISSUE ADMINISTRATION
DEPO-MEDROL is indicated as adjunctive therapy for short-term administration (to tide the patient over an acute episode or exacerbation) in acute gouty arthritis, acute and subacute bursitis, acute nonspecific tenosynovitis, epicondylitis, rheumatoid arthritis, synovitis of osteoarthritis
C. FOR INTRALESIONAL ADMINISTRATION
DEPO-MEDROL is indicated for intralesional use in alopecia areata, discoid lupus erythematosus, keloids, localized hypertrophic, infiltrated, inflammatory lesions of granuloma annulare, lichen planus, lichen simplex chronicus (neurodermatitis), and psoriatic plaques, necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticorum.
DEPO-MEDROL also may be useful in cystic tumors of an aponeurosis or tendon (ganglia).
Media Articles Related to Depo-Medrol (Methylprednisolone)
ACC: Steroids Hike MIs After Heart Surgery
Source: MedPage Today Surgery [2014.04.01]
WASHINGTON (MedPage Today) -- Giving methylprednisolone to patients undergoing cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass heightened the risk of myocardial infarction, a large randomized trial showed.
Published Studies Related to Depo-Medrol (Methylprednisolone)
Intravenous immunoglobulin versus intravenous methylprednisolone for chronic
inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy: a randomised controlled trial. 
intravenous methylprednisolone... INTERPRETATION: Treatment of CIDP with IVIg for 6 months was less frequently
Efficacy of methylprednisolone in preventing lung injury following pulmonary
pulmonary thromboendarterectomy... CONCLUSIONS: Perioperative methylprednisolone does not reduce the incidence of
A review: the role of high dose methylprednisolone in spinal cord trauma in children. [2011.10.13]
BACKGROUND: The use of steroids in traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) in children is controversial. There is a paucity of literature on its usage. To help clarify recommendations on steroid use in children, we reviewed the current literature on the administration of high dose methylprednisolone (MP) use in traumatic spinal cord injuries with an emphasis in pediatric spinal cord trauma... CONCLUSION: Data from adult studies remains controversial with insufficient data to support administration of MP for treatment of traumatic spinal cord injuries. Randomized controlled trials are needed in the pediatric population to assess the advantages of steroid use after SCI in children. On the basis of the current evidence, the use of steroids in patients is associated with increased infectious risks and no neurological improvements.
Effects of methylprednisolone infusion on markers of inflammation, coagulation, and angiogenesis in early acute respiratory distress syndrome. [2011.10.06]
OBJECTIVE:: Evaluate the effects of methylprednisolone on markers of inflammation, coagulation, and angiogenesis during early acute respiratory distress syndrome... CONCLUSIONS:: In early acute respiratory distress syndrome, administration of methylprednisolone was associated with improvement in important biomarkers of inflammation and coagulation and clinical outcomes. Biomarker changes varied with the precipitating cause of acute respiratory distress syndrome, suggesting that the underlying mechanisms and response to anti-inflammatory therapy may vary with the cause of acute respiratory distress syndrome.
Efficacy and tolerability of systemic methylprednisolone in children and adolescents with chronic rhinosinusitis: a double-blind, placebo-controlled randomized trial. [2011.08]
BACKGROUND: The place of systemic corticosteroids in the treatment of children with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) remains unclear. OBJECTIVE: We sought to assess the effectiveness and tolerability of oral methylprednisolone as an anti-inflammatory adjunct in the treatment of CRS in children... CONCLUSION: Oral methylprednisolone is well tolerated and provides added benefit to treatment with antibiotics for children with CRS. Copyright (c) 2011 American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.
Clinical Trials Related to Depo-Medrol (Methylprednisolone)
Efficacy Study of Adrenocorticotropin Hormone to Treat Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Relapses After Sub-responding to an Initial 3 Day Course of Intravenous (IV) Methylprednisolone [Recruiting]
Nanocort in Acute Exacerbation of Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (MS) [Recruiting]
Patients with an acute exacerbation of Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis or with
Clinically Isolated Syndrome receive either one single infusion of Nanocort or three daily
infusions of SoluMedrol. Main objective is to assess the occurrence of new
gadolinium-enhanced T1-weighted lesions at week 8 vs week 1 after treatment.
Biomarkers of Lupus Disease: Serial Biomarker Sampling in Patients With Active Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) [Recruiting]
Hypothesis: A reason for repeated disappointing outcomes of clinical trials testing targeted
immune biologics for lupus may be the heterogeneity of the disease, exacerbated by the
variable effects on immune homeostasis of the background medications that must be continued,
in most study designs, in these flare-prone patients.
Purpose of Study: This study will purposefully study a population equivalent to the placebo
group of typical trials in SLE. Patients will enter the trial in mild-moderate flare, be
treated with depomedrol, and background treatments will be withdrawn. Biomarkers at entry on
various medications will be compared to biomarkers after steroid efficacy with background
medications withdrawn. Depomedrol usually slowly wears off over one to three months.
Patients will be closely observed, with serial biomarkers drawn at monthly intervals or,
immediately at the time of a new flare. Those patients who do develop new flares during the
course of the next year (maximal participation time) will donate blood samples for
biomarkers (flaring on tapering or absent depomedrol effect) and will then be immediately
treated as deemed appropriate, exiting the study. The study will end when 50 patients have
met this endpoint. A control population of matched, healthy individuals will donate blood
once for the same biomarker studies.
Prednisolone and Acupuncture in Bell's Palsy: a Randomised, Placebo-controlled, Multicentre Trial in China [Recruiting]
The aim of this study is to compare the effects of prednisolone and staging acupuncture in
the recovery of the affected facial nerve, and to verify that whether in combination with
staging acupuncture is more effective than prednisolone alone for Bell's palsy in a large
number of patients.
Methylprednisolone N Acetylcysteine in Hepatic Resections [Recruiting]
This is a prospective double-blind randomized phase II clinical trial, with two groups of
intervention (one with administration of N-acetylcysteine and the other with administration
of methylprednisolone), and one group of placebo. The purpose of this study is to
investigate the role of N-acetylcysteine and Methylprednisolone in the modulation of warm
ischemia of the liver during hepatic resection. In fact to avoid massive blood loss in liver
surgery, continuous or intermittent vascular clamping of the hepatic hilum ('Pringle
maneuver') is generally used with good results. However, as a consequence, ischemia and
subsequent reperfusion result in complex metabolic, immunological, and microvascular
changes, which together might contribute to hepatocellular damage and dysfunction. This
phenomenon, known as ischemia-reperfusion (IR) injury of the liver, is a complex multi-path
process leading to the activation of some inflammatory pathways. Any patient candidate to
liver resection will be enrolled in the study based on the aforementioned criteria. The
primary objective of the study is to assess the real efficacy of Methylprednisolone and
N-acetylcysteine in reducing the secondary damage from ischemia reperfusion injury in liver
resection and in reducing inflammatory response. Secondary objective of the study is whether
the reduction of ischemia-reperfusion injury results in: lower incidence of postoperative
liver failure, improvement of postoperative liver function, and reduction of blood
components transfusions. The randomization will be done the day before the operation. The
drugs will be prepared in a blind fashion by the hospital pharmacy. The hospital pharmacy
will provide to each patient a drip to make bolus of about an hour before the start of the
liver resection and a syringe pump for an infusion of approximately 6 hours. If the patient
is enrolled and randomized in the placebo arm, he/she will receive 250 ml of glucose 5%
plus the infusion of 100 ml of glucose 5% If the patient is randomized in the
Methylprednisolone arm, he/she will receive a dose of 500 mg in 250 ml of glucose 5% plus
100 mg of glucose 5%. If the patient is randomized in the N-acetylcysteine arm, he/she will
receive a dose of 150 mg/kg in 250 ml of glucose 5% plus N-acetylcysteine 50 mg/kg in 100 ml
glucose 5%. Systematic sampling of liver function tests will be done the day before the
operation, at the end of the operation, as well as in postoperative day 1, 3, 5 and 7.
Reports of Suspected Depo-Medrol (Methylprednisolone) Side Effects
Incorrect Route of Drug Administration (11),
Drug Ineffective (9),
Wrong Drug Administered (6),
Rotator Cuff Syndrome (6),
Psoas Abscess (5),
Medication Error (5),
Tendonitis (5), more >>
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