methylprednisolone sodium succinate powder for injection
CONSUMER MEDICINE INFORMATION
What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some common questions about METHYLPRED. It does not contain all
the available information. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you being
METHYLPRED against the benefits they expect it will have for you.
If you have any concerns about being given this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet with the medicine.
You may need to read it again.
What METHYLPRED is used for
METHYLPRED contains methylprednisolone (as methylprednisolone sodium succinate) as
the active ingredient. It belongs to a group of medicines called corticosteroids.
It is used for the treatment of one or more of the following conditions:
inflammation of the eyes
respiratory diseases and certain respiratory infections
diseases of the gut (gastrointestinal tract)
diseases of the blood
treatment of certain glandular conditions and tumours of the immune system.
METHYLPRED reduces inflammation (pain, swelling, redness and heat) which is one of
the body's reactions to injury and by reducing the body's reaction to infection.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed
Your doctor may have prescribed it for another purpose.
It is available only with a doctor's prescription.
There is no evidence that it is addictive.
Before you are given it
When you must not be given it
You must not be given METHYLPRED if you have an allergy to:
any medicine containing methylprednisolone sodium succinate
any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet.
The METHYLPRED 40 mg product contains lactose from cow's milk.
Tell your doctor if you are allergic
or suspect you are allergic to cow's milk or to any other dairy products.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include shortness of breath, wheezing or difficulty
in breathing; swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other parts of the body; rash,
itching or hives on the skin.
You must not be given this medicine if you have a current serious or uncontrolled
Your doctor will advise you whether use of METHYLPRED is appropriate in those particular
You must not be given this medicine after the expiry date printed on the pack or if
the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.
If you are not sure whether you should be given this medicine, talk to your doctor.
Before you are given it
Tell your doctor if you have allergies to any other medicines, foods, preservatives
Tell your doctor if you have or have had any of the following medical conditions:
unusually high stress due to trauma or infection
thin or weak bones, or bones that tend to break easily (osteoporosis)
high blood pressure (hypertension)
kidney or liver disease
underactive thyroid gland
myasthenia gravis (ongoing chronic fatigue and muscle weakness)
herpes simplex of the eye
ulcerative colitis (disease of the bowel).
Tell your doctor that you are being treated with METHYLPRED if you are scheduled to
have any laboratory tests (e.g. blood or urine).
The use of METHYLPRED may disguise the signs of infections due to a decrease in the
body's response to the infection.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant or are breast-feeding.
Your doctor can discuss with you the benefits and possible risks of being given this
medicine during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you start
being given METHYLPRED.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including any
that you get without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food
Some medicines and METHYLPRED may interfere with each other. These include:
salicylates e.g. aspirin
respiratory medicines e.g. salbutamol
neuromuscular blocking drugs, e.g. pancuronium
some antibiotics e.g. erythromycin
some antifungal agents e.g. ketoconazole
blood pressure medicines
some medicines for heart disease e.g. digoxin
some diuretics e.g. frusemide
anticonvulsants e.g. phenobarbitone, phenytoin
anticoagulants e.g. heparin, warfarin
antidiabetic medicines e.g.
insulin, glibenclamide, metformin
immunosuppressants e.g. methotrexate, cyclosporin
some immunisations, inoculations or vaccinations.
These medicines may be affected by METHYLPRED or may affect how well it works. You
may need different amounts of your medicines or you may need to take different medicines.
Your doctor and pharmacist have more information on medicines to be careful with or
avoid while being treated with this medicine.
How it is given
How much is given
Your doctor will decide what dose you will receive. This depends on the condition
being treated and your response to the treatment. Your doctor may change the dose
and frequency of your medicine as your condition changes.
How it is given
METHYLPRED is a sterile powder which is dissolved and diluted with suitable sterile
It is given by direct injection either into a vein or muscle or less frequently via
an intravenous (I.V. line) line.
It must not be given intrathecally, epidurally or by local injection due to the risk
of serious side effects.
Do not administer this medicine to yourself.
Your doctor or nurse will prepare METHYLPRED for you.
If you are given too much (overdose)
As METHYLPRED is given to you under the supervision of your doctor, it is extremely
unlikely that you will be given too much.
However, if you experience any side effects after being given METHYLPRED, tell your
doctor or nurse immediately.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns.
Tell your doctor or nurse as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are
being treated with METHYLPRED.
All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time
they are not. You may need medical treatment if you get some of the side effects.
Ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.
Tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you notice any of the following and they
fluid retention (causes an increase in weight)
muscle weakness or loss of muscle mass
headache or dizziness
changes in your menstrual periods
nausea and vomiting
thin fragile skin or bruising
The above list includes the more common side effects of your medicine. They are usually
mild and short-lived.
Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following:
bone weakness possibly leading to fractures
wounds that will not heal
deterioration in the control of diabetes mellitus.
Tell your doctor immediately, or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital
if you notice any of the following symptoms:
signs of frequent infections such as fever, severe chills, sore throat or mouth ulcers
allergic-type reactions e.g. skin rash, itching and difficulty breathing, wheezing
or coughing (anaphylactic reactions)
severe stomach pains
convulsions or fits
blurred vision or loss of vision
passing large amounts of urine, increased thirst and appetite.
These side effects are serious and may need urgent medical attention.
Long term treatment with corticosteroids such as METHYLPRED may also cause:
chemical imbalances in the blood
swelling of the pancreas (pancreatitis)
bleeding in the stomach
masking of infections
increased risk of infection
changes in liver enzymes
increased blood pressure
cataracts and other eye diseases.
Tell your doctor if you notice anything else that is making you feel unwell, even
if you think the problems are not connected with this medicine and are not referred
to in this leaflet.
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some people.
Do not be alarmed by this list of side effects.
You may not experience any of them.
After using it
Normally your doctor will get METHYLPRED from the hospital pharmacy or their consulting
rooms. If you take your METHYLPRED from the pharmacy to your doctor, it is important
to store it in a safe place, away from heat and light, where the temperature stays
Keep it where young children cannot reach it.
If for any reason you take your METHYLPRED home, always ensure that it is stored in
a place where children cannot reach it.
What it looks like
METHYLPRED is available in four strengths:
All strengths are a white to off white powder in a vial. The powder is dissolved and
diluted with suitable sterile fluids before it is used.
Available in the following pack sizes:
40 mg: packs of 5 vials
125 mg: packs of 1 vial
500 mg: packs of 1 vial
1.0 g: packs of 1 vial.
Each vial contains either 40 mg, 125 mg, 500 mg or 1.0 g of methylprednisolone (as
methylprednisolone sodium succinate).
sodium phosphate - dibasic anhydrous
sodium phosphate - monobasic anhydrous
lactose (40 mg only).
METHYLPRED is supplied in Australia by:
Alphapharm Pty Limited
(ABN 93 002 359 739)
Level 1, 30 The Bond
30-34 Hickson Road
Millers Point NSW 2000
Phone: (02) 9298 3999
Australian Registration Numbers:
40 mg: AUST R 145028
125 mg: AUST R 145102
500 mg: AUST R 145103
1.0 g: AUST R 161750.
This leaflet was prepared on
11 December 2017.