Medrol Pak Withdrawal Symptoms 3 Weeks Later?

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RacerD Says:


Hello. I was prescribed a Medrol pak (6 days 4mg) for a sinus infection. I felt great while taking it. Finished up on 8/12. Couple days later started getting awful hot flashes Few days later jittery in the mornings and loads of anxiety. Then started having trouble sleeping...tossed and turned all night with waves of hot flashes. I'm 6 months postpartum and nursing a baby. Do you think these symptoms are withdrawal from the Medrol? It's right at 3 weeks now. I've had sweaty hands, jitters, racing heart. When will it end? What will help it?



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RacerD Says:

Anyone have an idea on if this can still be withdrawal side effects?

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Verwon Says:

Hello, RacerD! How are you? Has there been any change? Congratulations on the baby!

It can take a few weeks for all of the side effects to go away, according to reports from the NIH. I have taken it before, too, and hated experiencing them, especially since some of them don't show until after you've already finished your course of treatment with it.

However, if they worsen, or don't go away, then you should consult your physician.

Is there anything else I can help with?

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RacerD Says:

Thanks for the reply. I'm hoping my issues over the last few weeks were related to the darn Medrol pak. I started to think I was suffering from postpartum anxiety and started Zoloft. That made me crazy and I stopped after 5 days. Then my OB gave me Ambien because I wasn't sleeping and I took it for 10 days and then stopped....probably triggering more withdrawal type symptoms. It's been an awful 6 weeks since taking the Medrol. :( I am finally starting to see a clearing and hope it keeps on going. I think it messed up my thyroid as well. Will never take this again.


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Nicho Says:

Hi!
I've had a couple of the same symptoms (clamy hands, heart racing, tight chest pains, jittery) that don't seem to go away! I've been off the Medrol pak (4mg for 6 days) for 4 days now and still no big improvements. I'm hoping my Saturday my side affects subside.

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RacerD Says:

It's an awful feeling. I'm still having issues and swear it's still because of the Medrol pack. I think it caused my other hormones to go wacky and they are trying to recover. It seems to come in waves now...a couple good days followed by a few bad. Hoping it's coming to an end. Let us know how you are doing in a few more days. I'm curious to see how long it lasts for others...hopefully not long.

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Nicho Says:

Its been a full week since I've been off the Medrol pak. Yesterday and today have been a lot better as far as chest tightness // pain and blood sugar levels (still not fully recovered though). I was taking the Medrol for allergies while I waited to get allergy tested and allergies aren't as bad today...so that may have something to do with it. I'm hoping in another week I'm fully clear of any side affects. How have you been doing RacerD?

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RacerD Says:

I'm still having issues and wondering if it's still a domino effect from the Medrol pak. Still heart pounding, jitters, anxiety, fatigue and off/on nausea. It sucks. I wonder if it's messed with my cortisol levels. How are you now?

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Fed Up Says:
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I've been off the dose pack for a full week now, and I'm still experiencing high bp, heart pounding, nausea and muscle weakness.
Have any of y'alls symptoms gotten any better? I keep thinking it's getting better, then by the next morning, it's all back.

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RacerD Says:

Unfortunately I'm still having issues and it's been 8 weeks. I don't know if it's from that or not but that is when my problems started...right after I finished it. I'm also 7 months postpartum and nursing so who knows but I wish I had never taken this Medrol pak in case it started some downward spiral. Hope you get to feeling better. Keep us updated.

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Fed Up Says:
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Today was a better day. I saw my Dr today. He gave me meds for the high bp, but scared to take it yet since it fluctuates so much, still. He also said i can take 25 mg benedryl to help with sleep. He wants me to come back on Monday week, for a blood test, to be sure nothing is screwed up. He wants to wait that long to be sure all side effects are gone. Prednisone is now listed on my chart as "don't give ". Now, I'm dealing with the killer migraines. I will post an update after the appt.
Good luck to you. It's tough having to deal with these side effects, but tougher when you have a sweet baby to take care of.

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Stefani Says:
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Hi guys so I woke up one morning w a cracked tooth yet no one could tell me it was cracked so I suffered in pain for like 3 weeks I got an IM shot of medrol in my arm that started the anxiety the weird thing is that I've had it in my buttocks before with never a problem I started having just a little anxiety then in a few weeks I went back to the doctor still in pain asking for help she said medrol dose pack I started it and my life has been nuts! I feel totally crazy and out of my mind! My heart won't stop racing my blood glucose is high and the anxiety attacks are insane I'm not able to sleep but like 3-4 hours at a time and I'm just begging for answers it's like how to people live like this this has never happened to me before and I'm a runner. I work out 4-5x a week and these heart palpitations are killing me. I've always been able to control the anxiety but it's like I'm out of breath I wanna go to the hospital bc I'm so afriad. Anyways it was a broken tooth and just got it pulled. Waiting for these sxs of the medrol to go away. From the sounds of you guys they're not going away any time soon :( the craziest thing also is that I'm a pharmacist and to us these side effects are rare and now experiencing them I'm so upset I took this :( feel like a bunch of bugs in my head won't stop!

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RacerD Says:

How longs has it been since the Medrol pak? I still don't know if that's my problem but everything went down hill after the Medrol pak. I just started some Lexapro yesterday to help battle the anxiety as I didn't want to get hooked on Ativan. :(

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Fed Up Says:
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Stefani. I am now going on 11 past my last dose, and I am still dealing with insomnia. I'm lucky to get 1-2 hours max throughout the night, and the anxiety and pounding heart are awful. Dr said I could take benedryl, but it just got me wired instead. :(
When did you have your last dose?

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Stefani Says:
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So literally Ativan is the only thing that has helped it didn't at first while I was still taking it but it seems to really be reversing some stuff for me it's only been 24 hrs since last two doses but I refused to take last pill so I took a nap w the addition of Ativan so idk yet but I didn't wake up w a racing heart beat. I'm hoping and praying to God it's coming out of my system and the Ativan worked.

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Fed Up Says:
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Most of my anxiety went away couple days after finishing the pack. I did go to the ER with, what I thought was a heart attack, but was instead a severe anxiety attack, on my fifth day of the pack. I didn't take the last two pills. I try to control the anxiety with breathing and relaxation techniques. Especially at night before bed. I really didn't want to take more medicine.
I also went natural to help with my sleep... eating foods that help produce melatonin before bed. Helps to get more sleep. Even if I still wake up several times, I can fall back asleep. Good luck, and hang in there.

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Fed Up Says:
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Today is 2 weeks off the pack. Had blood test yesterday... everything is normal. Yet, I am still dealing with morning nausea/weakness, and fast heart rate. Glad my bp is back to normal. I have an appointment with a cardiologist in the morning. Will update how that goes. On top of all this, I'm perimenopausal, but I was only dealing with hot flashes and minor dizziness. I wonder if the steroids made that even worse.
This really sucks!!

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Stefani Says:
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So I went back to the doctor and they tried to give me Valium for the lack of sleep d/t the anxiety my heart rate had normalized and I had an ekg and everything was fine w my heart so it feels like I'm absolutely crazy. They told me to take Benedryl also which completely helped me sleep so much better but I still woke up several times then I took the Valium and I went to sleep and woke up in a panic super early not able to go back to bed with the Benedryl I was able to fall back asleep it's been about 4 days since I stopped the pack and I never took the last one. I'm going to try just the Benedryl tonight and see how that goes I really don't feel like myself still and it's so upsetting :( hoping there is a light at the end of this tunnel.

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Fed Up Says:
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Racer Deb, are you still struggling with insomnia? If not, how long till you were able to get some sleep? I think most of my lingering problems would get better if I could sleep. I refuse to use prescription sleep aids.

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Stefani Says:
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Are you able to sleep now RacerD? It's been about 6 days off the pack and it's getting a little better but I've been using sleep aids :(

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RacerD Says:

I'm sleeping better now but I also had to start SSRI, Lexapro. I did Ambien for awhile shortly after the Medrol pak. I still think it caused some hormone imbalance for me and started a downward spiral. The anxiety and heart palps and insomnia are awful. It doesn't help that I have a 7 month old keeping me up. Lol. I know one thing...I won't do steroids ever again. I wonder if my adrenal is shot or something.


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