Depo-Medrol (Methylprednisolone acetate) is an anti-inflammatory glucocorticoid that is administered to relieve pain from rheumatoid arthritis and bursitis, severe lower back pain or dermatologic disorders. The FDA has approved use of the corticosteroid injection into a muscle, a joint, or a lesion. The FDA has not approved the use of Depo-Medrol as an epidural injection for low back pain or sciatica, though many physicians still administer it through this off-label use.
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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Posted by Rhode Island
I was given a Depo-Medrol epidural on 7-30-09. Since then, I've had severe hormonal disturbances, migraines, extreme fatigue, heart palpitations, and have had to be rushed to the ER. (where they did nothing) After 2 1/2 months of hell, I've been diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease. (my thyroid is making anti-bodies) & I'll probably have to be treated for life for this issue. ALL OF THIS began after that shot. Also, the shot was NOT necessary. It was a HIP issue and they insisted that the pain I was having was caused by a disc bulge they found.
Posted by Ohio
Bilateral leg pain, stiffness and on pain meds. during day and increase need each day. Unable to work without discomfort/pain without meds and then go home and can not do anything but rest. Made my arthritic knee pain severe enough I was on oxycontin and then had to have a partial knee replacement. The pain post op was hard to control and 24 hours post op I coded because my body could not take anymore..and I was still in pain. I have been on antidepressants to help me. I cry daily with little provacation. I am also an RN.
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