Medrol Pet Medication
- Dog or Cat
- Availability: Prescription
- Active Ingredient(s):
- What is Medrol used for?
Methylprednisolone is a corticosteroid used for the treatment of many conditions including Addison’s disease, inflammation, lupus, allergy, asthma, colitis and certain forms of kidney disease.
- How Medrol should be used?
Methylprednisolone is FDA approved for use in dogs and cats. The dose is dependent on the type of condition being treated and the patient’s response to treatment. In many instances, the dose will be higher at the start of therapy and reduced over time as the condition improves.
- What are the side effects?
The most common side effects, which are usually dose dependent, include increased appetite, thirst and urination. Other side effects that may occur include weight gain, panting, diarrhea, vomiting and behavior changes. There are also side effects associated with long term use which may include muscle loss and weakness. The onset of Diabetes or Cushing’s disease may manifest by increases in thirst, urination and appetite. Pets with Cushing’s disease will also develop thin skin or poor hair coats. Pets may also become more susceptible to infection.
- What special precautions are there?
Methylprednisolone should not be used in animals with systemic fungal infections, certain types of mange, stomach ulcers, Cushing’s disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease or congestive heart failure. Do not use in pregnant animals as this medication may cause premature birth or birth defects. Do not change or alter the dose without consulting a veterinarian. Use with caution when given with NSAIDs such as aspirin, carprophen (Rimadyl), deracoxib (Deramaxx) or etodolac (EtoGesic). Insulin doses may require adjustment in diabetic animals. Use with caution when given with phenytoin, phenobarbital, rifampin, cyclosporine or mitotane. In addition, Methylprednisolone may alter laboratory tests for thyroid hormone, liver enzymes, and potassium. Always tell your veterinarian and pharmacist what other medications your pet is taking.
- In the event of overdose?
Contact your veterinarian or veterinary emergency room.
- How should I store Medrol?
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed. Store at room temperature, away from excess heat, light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Keep out of the reach of children and pets.
Disclaimer: The information on this site is for educational purposes only and should NOT be considered veterinary advice. Any veterinary questions should be referred to your veterinarian. This information is NOT to be used for diagnosis or treatment of your pet. Please make your own inquiries with your veterinarian for the suitability of a product for your pet.