It is alleged that there have been 356 deaths and 15,000 adverse events attributed to Depo-Medrol between 1998 and 2002. Pfizer, the maker of Depo-Medrol, does not advise Epidural/Intrathecal administration (injection into spinal cord or vein) of Depo-Medrol and reports the following severe medical events associated with this usage: Arachnoiditis, Meningitis, Paraparesis/paraplegia, bowel/bladder dysfunction, seizures, headaches, and more. Other reported side effects of Depo-Medrol include congestive heart failure, osteoporosis, peptic ulcer, and convulsions.
Depo-Medrol was originally introduced for relieving pain in animals; the drug is still used by veterinarians to relieve seasonal itching and inflammation in pets - primarily dogs!
Pfizer, who manufacturers and markets Depo-Medrol (previously Pharmacia and Upjohn) recommends Depo-Medrol for a wide range of disorders including: Respiratory diseases, endocrine disorders, dermatologic diseases such as Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS), osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, severe asthma, allergic rhinitis, drug hypersensitivity reactions, leukemia, lymphoma, systemic lupus, hematologic disorders, and more.
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