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Can depo-medrol be injected into the LLIOCOSTALIS THORACIS to cure muscle spasms?
I'm doing this injection for a friend, just need to know if this will work, I thought Depo Medrol was mostly for joint pain? By the way I'm a EMT-B This is a little
Out of my scope but who cares. Need some positive answers THX
yaman0102
08/18/09
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  It's not just "mostly for joint pain", it's only for joint pain. At least in all the research I can find it's used for arthritis and for joint inflammation, not even one mention of using it for muscles. Please research it yourself. I think you're taking a risk if you do it, but you search it and read what shows up. Good luck, and I hope your friend feels better.
greenwichtime
08/18/09
My dr treated my sciatic nerve pain with a depo-medrol injection, is the common?
I went to webmd and there's nothing there about treating sciatic nerve pain with depo-medrol. It was 1cc injected IM (my hip). What can I expect as a result of this shot? Am I going to gain weight? Can I still take my Prozac in conjunction with (I forgot to tell my doctor that my gyn has me on Sarafem)?
Thanks for your kind and informative responses.
HazelEyes
01/30/07
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  I was give 3 esi's (epidural steroid injections) plus cortozone shots every couple of months none of this helped, I am consedering surgery.
Papa_Tilt
01/30/07
Side effects from Decadron and Depo-Medrol medicines?
I have allergies and have a spell with them every so often and when I go to the doctor every other time they give me a steroid shot...it is Decadron 1mg and Depo-Medrol- 40 mg. They tell me they cant give me this shot everytime because it will make my bones brittle. I have also heard it will turn you into a diabeatic if you take it too much. What are other side effects since it is a steroid will it cause you to "bulk up"because I have gained alot of weight in my chest and upper body area...just wondered if taking those shots could have anything to do with it???
♫piano_player♫
04/10/07
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  Absolutely!!! Yes, they can cause you to gain weight.
mom4gr8kidz
04/10/07
what is depo-medrol?
kimmeonly
05/31/06
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  Depo-Medrol (Methylprednisolone) is a steroid medication that is injected, mainly to reduce swelling and inflammation. It has a strong and prolonged anti-inflammatory, immunosuppressive and anti-allergic activity.
It can be used for a variety of disorders such as skin disorders (psoriasis, hives), allergic conditions, asthma, respiratory conditions, cancer, blood disorders (anemia), digestive problems, eyes disorders and rheumatic disorders (arthritis, bursitis).
mspharmtech
05/31/06
How much depo medrol injection should a 68 lbs dog get?
scoobi doo
09/11/08
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  Only a vet can answer this. I hope I'm thinking ignorantly and that you're not self-diagnosing your dog. That's some serious drug and I'm assuming that, if you were provided with the medication by your vet, he or she would have told you how much to inject. It doesn't make much sense otherwise.

The best medical attention your dog will get is from your local vet.

Please don't give your dog a needle without direction from a vet. It's best for both of you.
Emily the Scientist
09/11/08
How often can a dog have a Depo-Medrol Injection. And what are the side effects?
Poochie
09/03/09
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I received Depo-medrol shot yesterday for a skin rash?
Today I have extreme fatigue..I cannot even keep my eyes open.. anyone else have this problem?
geniegenie2
04/04/09
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Has anyone tried the new and improved Depo?
I am referring to the Depo-subQ Provera 104 Injection. It is suppose to be like the original Depo but with less side-effects. Is this true?

source: http://contraception.about.com/od/prescriptionoptions/a/depoprovera.htm
SangoSei
04/05/10
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  I was on it for 2 years. The first shot i got was really painful (it was the older version) but I started the new one when it switched and I loved it. Its a much smaller shot in the "fat" of your stomach (very minimal bruising), is not painful, and I did not get as emotional or gain a lot of weight. Plus the chances of getting pregnant were much lower. I believe when I was taking it, it had a 99.99-100% rate, though I do not know if that is true now since i was on it a couple years ago. I also did not have my period WHICH WAS AWESOME. and contrary to popular belief, it is NOT bad for you to not have your period. the ONLY problem that I encountered when I was taking it was when I missed a couple appointments and basically had to restart the shot 3 times. When you start a new birth control, chances are you will get more emotional. When i restarted it a few times, I became emotional and took a break from birth control because it was to much for me. Constantly stopping and restarting birth control played too much on my hormones, but if you make your appointments (only every 3 months) you shouldn't have this problem. I never went back on because I wanted to get pregnant, or i would be on depo now.

Overall, I LOVED the shot and highly recommend it, but you should really talk it over with your doctor to find out if it is best for you since I clearly do not know your medical history. From my personal experience with it for 2 years, as well as several friends still currently on it, it is a great birth control.
followasmile
04/05/10
Is Chicken and Fish catfood good for allergy prone cats?
We're trying to get our cat off depo medrol shots so he doesnt get diabetes would Chicken & Fish food help?
s_hunter43
03/26/09
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  yes, so long as it is in a meal form or fresh from you. Stay away from anything with corn, other than corn gluten meal which is the ONLY part of corn that is digestible. Also stay away from ANY kind of by-products, meal or other wise. Depending on the age of the cat, Nutro has the MAX cat, one is chicken and the other is salmon. My cats have been going from one to the other. Meaning when the bag runs out, I buy the other flavor. I hope that helps :)
Dawn
Dawn
03/27/09
I had epidural shots last year for diagnostic spine injury . I was given depo medrol that caused my skin to?
bruise easily and seems to have lowered my immune system I feel weak all the time anyone know of any antidotes to restore my health . I take a muli vitamin along with vitamin C, L- Lystine and aderanline extract but doesnt seem to help. I work out every few days I look strong but still have no adrenaline any suggestions?
newjersey2112
06/06/06
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  those are all side effects of the steroid. you dont need to take all that stuff,because they are not related to the action of steroids .
the best to do is to wait until the depomedrol wears off, or if you are currently taking it, try changing to a less potent type of steroid or less frequently.
also if you can get a local injection of a lower dose it would save you from the generalized effects of the drug but that depends on the type of your injury.
shogunly
06/06/06
should i be worried after shot injection from doctor?
I had to go to a health clinic yesterday, since I had a reaction while traveling. I was given a shot of depo-medrol in addition to prednisone.

The swelling did not go down until after taking the prednisone. How do I know if the doctor gave me the correct shot and if the shot was sanitary? I never think or worry about this, but since my body didn't react to the shot, I want to make sure I have nothing to be concerned about.
Mike L
06/10/11
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  This sounds reasonable to me. Depo-medrol is used for allergic reactions and it usually takes a little time for the steroids to kick in. I can't answer if it was sanitary though.

http://www.rxlist.com/depo_medrol-drug.htm

Hope this helps!
Brooke
06/12/11
How can Medrol help with pulpitis?
My endodontist prescribed Medrol for my pulpitis. What exactly does it do? Is it even beneficial, or just treating the pain?
luvtropics
01/10/09
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  Medrol also known as methylprednisolone isn't even for pain it is a steroid to keep swelling down. Well I guess if there's not a lot of swelling then the pain might be bearable. What did you have done?

Methylprednisolone is in a class of drugs called steroids. Methylprednisolone prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation.

Methylprednisolone is used to treat many different conditions such as allergic disorders, skin conditions, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, or breathing disorders.

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
emt Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

* problems with your vision;
* swelling, rapid weight gain, feeling short of breath;
* severe depression, unusual thoughts or behavior, seizure (convulsions);
* bloody or tarry stools, coughing up blood;
* pancreatitis (severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back, nausea and vomiting, fast heart rate);
* low potassium (confusion, uneven heart rate, extreme thirst, increased urination, leg discomfort, muscle weakness or limp feeling); or
* dangerously high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, chest pain, shortness of breath, uneven heartbeats, seizure).

Less serious side effects may include:

* sleep problems (insomnia), mood changes;
* acne, dry skin, thinning skin, bruising or discoloration;
* slow wound healing;
* increased sweating;
* headache, dizziness, spinning sensation;
* nausea, stomach pain, bloating; or
* changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially in your arms, legs, face, neck, breasts, and waist).

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect.

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stackhouse48444
01/10/09
I'm switching from the Pill to Depo-Provera. How long do I have to use a backup method?
I've been on Yaz for about 9 months now and am going to start Depo-Provera tomorrow.
I can't figure out how long we have to use condoms before it's effective. '7 days' keeps popping up when I looked online. Is this right?
My pharmacist told me 1-2 months??

I understand fully the risks and benefits of Depo-Provera. Please don't tell me your bad stories of being on it. All women react to it differently.
- I am aware of the bone density loss warning. I'm only 21 and will be on it for no longer than 2 years and will be taking calcium supplements to prevent that.
- Depo Provera is only being considered because it is my last option. The Pill does not work for me and my body reacts horribly to estrogem. Don't recommend other forms of birth control. Depo-Provera is proven and will help with my severe endometriosis.
-My husband and I are not planning on having children for a while. I know it can take up to 18 months for my fertility to return and I am fine with that.
Mandy
05/04/07
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  I used to take depo (i had a hysterectomy) and I LOVED it! I never had a period unless it was close for me to get my next shot. Then I would spot, a little. It only takes 24 hours to be fully effective and lasts about 3 months. Good choice. If I had to be on birth control again, I would pick this. Check out this website too. http://www.fwhc.org/birth-control/bcdepo.htm

But just as an FYI, when I went off the shot, I was under the impression that it takes a year to get pregnant if you are trying to concieve. I got pregnant 4 months after my last shot wore off.......
*Droogie*
05/04/07
How soon can depo provera affect your period?
I was taking birth control pills up until last Saturday, then I got a depo provera shot to change methods. So I went from one contraceptive right to another with no break inbetween. I was suppose to start my period this week, but I haven't yet. Would the depo provera shot have stopped my period already after just a few days?
Schmiddy
04/14/11
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  Yes it may have. You may have a bit of spotting in the next few weeks as you adjust, but its probably just plain stopped. When I had my shot, I was about two weeks before my period - and I just didn't get it again until I stopped the shot a few years later.
jasmith001
04/15/11
Has anyone ever taken Medrol or Methylprednisolone for pharyngitis?
Ok so I got a sore throat, cough and a slight headache so I went to the clinic. I got prescibed Medrol or Methylprednisolone. It's a pack where you take 6 pills then 5 then 4 and so on each day. Has anyone ever taken this for pharyngitis or the common cold? I dunno if it's working or not!
Amy F
11/16/08
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  im on them as well and you cant tell if its working or not coz its only toughening your immune system and weakening the infection and dont take them for a cold its "bad" for your bladder
alex_also_likes_milk
11/16/08
How long does a medrol dosepak take to work and how long does it stay in your system?
I am currenty on a medrol dosepak. Today is my third day and I am still in pain, if anything I feel worse. How long until I start feeling the results and how long will it help me. Anyone who knows please respond. Thanks
MICHELLE M
01/31/08
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  It can take about 5 days for it to start working (I've taken the Medrol pack before but for controlling itching). As for how long til it is out of the system it is about 3 days.

I would also recommend getting in touch with the doctor to let them know that you are concerned because of how much pain you are still in and want to find out more information about the next step in course of treatment.
sokokl
02/01/08
Depo provera..................................?
is it normal to be late on your period the first month of the depo provera shot...or could something else be wrong..ive also had the stomach flu every 2 weeks for 2 months...so what could the cause be for that thanks.
ashby12
03/29/10
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  Yes , this is normal. I was on Depo for 6 years. Never had a period. I would spot for a few days before my shot was due. After I stopped the Depo , I didnt get a period for 6 months. You will be irregular and your period will be almost non existant while your body adjusts to the hormones.
Gü3RITa
03/29/10
Depo Provera?
I was wondering can any one tell me there depo provera horror stories I have been looking into depo provera class action lawsuits for depo provera side affects I know lots are listed but they say they are rare but i have read so many stories that mirror mine and I don't think they are as rare as they say and I think More woman need to complain about there side affects and ask about class acton lawsuits and see if they can get one started for all depo provera side affects yes I know that by taking presciptions that i am risking the side affect but most women are beeing told that they are rare but I really don't think there as rare as they say thank you so much for as many answers as I can get. I really hope woman stop taking this birth control. It works for some woman but it seems most who use it have most or all the rare side affects listed and ones that are not.have a good day every one
does any one agree and think there should be a class action lawsuite for all side affects that are not as rare as they say ?
oceansayoko
03/30/07
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  I gained 5 lbs every 3 months. I was on it for a few years, so that really added up. I was also an emotional wreck the entire time. I didn't realize how emotionally off-balance I was until I had stopped. My husband made the comment that I was so much nicer to be around.
doodlebuttus
03/30/07
I just changed my birth control from the depo to bcp can I get pregnant if I had unprotected sex the fifth day?
 I just changed my birth control I was using the depo shot but I started to have my period for over a month non stop and my OB-GYN told me that I had to change to a birth control Pill named safyral I had unprotected sex on the fifth day of taking it can I get pregnant?

Also I just had my results from a blood test it Said that my white blood cells is low is this because of the depo?
M I C H E L L E
03/24/11
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  It depends on how long you've been on the depo shot. (I recently just started it) My doctor told me that it can take anywhere from 5-9 months and sometimes even longer, depending how long you've been on it, until you are able to conceive.
Mn_Wc07
03/24/11
depo-provera?
how soon after you first shot of depo provera is sex safe without using a backup method?
hannah hel
08/17/06
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  WELL THEY SHOULD HAVE TOLD YOU TO WAIT 7 DAYS. BUT LET ME SAY THIS, I HAVE BEEN ON THE SHOT FOR 8 YEARS NOW, IM 25. ITS NICE ONLY HAVING A PERIOD ONCE EVERY 3 MONTHS. BUT EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT, MY SIS HAD A PERIOD FOR 5 MONTHS STRAIGHT & GOT OFF IT. I ONLY WEIGH 112 LBS, SO I WISH IT WOULD HAVE MADE ME GAIN SOME WEIGHT, BUT UNFORTUNATELY IT DIDNT. HOWEVER, LAST YEAR MY DR. TOLD ME THAT B/C I HAVE BEEN ON IT FOR SO LONG THAT I SHOULD GET A BONE DENSITY SCAN. MY INSURANCE COMPANY AT THE TIME DIDNT COVER IT, SO I DIDNT GET ONE. MY CARRIER I CURRENTLY HAVE DOES, SO 2 DAYS AGO I WENT & GOT IT DONE. THANK GOD I DID B/C IT SHOWED THAT I HAVE OSTEOPENIA IN MY HIPS & SPINE, ALMOST OSTEOPOROSIS. IF YA DONT KNOW, THATS SOMETHING OLD PEOPLE IN LIKE THEIR 60'S-70'S GET, WHICH IS A LOSS OF BONE MASS OR THINNING OF THE BONE. THAT PUTS YOU AT A HIGH RISK FOR FRACTURES. SO I HAVE TO DISCONTINUE THE SHOT ASAP & START TAKING CALCIUM SUPPLEMENTS. LUCKILY B/C I AM SO YOUNG ITS REVERSIBLE...I HOPE ANYWAYS, WITH MY LUCK I JUST DONT KNOW. BUT THE DR ALSO SAID IF I WAS TO CONTINUE ON THE PATH IM ON I WOULD BE CRIPPLED WITHIN 10 YEARS. I ALSO NOTICED THAT WHEN I STARTED THE SHOT, THATS WHEN MY MIGRAINES STARTED. SO MY SUGGESTION TO YOU, B/C I CARE, IS TO FIND ANOTHER FORM OF BIRTH CONTROL!
MANDEE
08/18/06
Does anyone at all like Depo-Provera?
I keep hearing about how much women hate this birth control.
I've just been prescribed it, instead of Yaz (new version of Yasmin), because it seems that I don't react well to estrogen. Even though Yaz is the lowest dose of estrogen you can get, had MAJOR problems with it.
I need to be on birth control to help with my severe endometriosis until I can get it surgically removed. So, my doctor thinks a progestin-only drug will help.

Anyone on Depo-Provera, or knows someone who's on it, that actually likes it? What are some of the advantages of it?

I only plan on going on it for 2 years, to prevent bone loss, and so that 1 year later I can have a baby.

Has anyone ever heard of Depo-SubQ Provera 104 (a newer version of the shot)? Are there less side effects, as it has less hormone?
Mandy
05/03/07
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  I was on Depo for 9 years! I loved it! I had no problems at all. The only reason I went off of it 2 years ago is because the dr. said I had to because they found out about the bone density problem. They had me get checked for osteoporosis, I am fine. Now they have me on an IUD which I hate. Well hate is a strong word...but I don't like it compared to Depo!! Also I didn't have my period the whole time I was on Depo! Now with this IUD (Merana) the drs said I still shouldn't get my period and I do. I get it and it lasts 2 weeks! Depo was great! I recommend it!
Lisa C
05/03/07
Anyone ever have to take Medrol before a root canal?
I went for my root canal and my tooth would not numb. The endodontist prescribed Medrol for 3 days prior to my next appointment. Has anyone had the same experience? Were you able to get fully numb for the root canal procedure? Thank you
Unhappy
03/02/11
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  It can be prescribed only on rare occasions...
PenPress
03/05/11
which is stronger cortisone or solu medrol for Sciatica pain?
I have a bad sciatica pain in my right leg. It feels numb all the time. I am not sure if Solu medrol is better or Cortisone is better in terms of strength?
pectin232
09/09/10
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  Unfortunately each person is different in terms of reaction to certain steroids. Not sure if you're looking at taking these orally or through an injection but I put some links below to help you out.
MikeL
09/09/10
Depo-provera?
I got a depo-provera shot on Friday, and before I got it, the nurse asked if I had any history or breast cancers or the likes. I told her my mother had breast cancer once, and she gave me it anyway (I'm 16, too). Was it wrong of her to give me it? I'm kind of worried now.
3595
09/09/07
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  I have been on Depo for over 5 years, and although i've heard all the so called "horror stories"of taking it, they tend to be told by people who have never been on it. Not once in 5 years have I had any kind of side effect from being on depo. Your nurse has to ask about your family health history, its simply part of your consultation, and theres no way a medical professional would put you on any kind of medication if they thought it may be bad for you in anyway. Its true that women on depo have a slightly higher chance of getting cervical cancer, but the truth is the chance is only a tiny tiny bit higher, not enough to be concerned about, and its not because of the depo, its because your body stops producing estrogen when you're on depo. ( this information came from my doctor, he told me himself its nothing to worry about) So dont worry, and dont listen to those who talk ill of depo provera, its worked wonders for me for over 5 years.
Jenna J
09/10/07
Does pepcid interfere with the depo shot?
I am on depo birth control and the dr put me on pepcid because i may have an ulscer from being pregnant. Will my bc still work if im on pepcid. I have to take the pepcid everyday.
Rachelle
10/14/09
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  Yes, it will still work. And besides, your doctor is a doctor for a reason -- they would not have put you onto something knowing that it's going to make your BC worthless
Nikki
10/14/09
depo provera?
I had one shot of depo provera in October. I decided not to continue with it and started spotting for the whole the month of January and I had a "mini" period in there somewhere too. I haven't bled since.

I was wondering how long it took for other women to get their periods back after being on this form of birth control?

Is it normal for me to not be menstrating yet?
Lisa
03/22/08
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  When I was on this shot I was on it for a year and it has been almost a year since the last time I got a shot. My cycles started to become regular after about 10 months. according to a web site it can take anywhere from 6 months to a year for your cycle to get back to normal (www.webmd.com)
Elora born 12-21
03/22/08
Does the depo shot help with cramps?
I'm on birth control (gildess Fe 1/20) for severe cramps.. Compared to how my cramps were before, the pill has helped A LOT! I still get cramps the first two days, but now as severe as before and sometimes not all if I take the pills every single day like i'm supposed to.. However, I tend to forget to take them sometimes or it takes like a week after I finish them to order them && then they don't help anymore & by the time I get my period, i get severe cramps again :/
SOO I was wondering if the depo shot helped with menstrual cramps & PMDD... Because if it does I think that would be best for me.. That way I won't forget to take by bc pills everyday..

So my question is: DOES THE DEPO SHOT HELP WITH CRAMPS?

thanks! :)
i'm 19 btw and I am not sexually active
dear paige
05/29/11
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  I am on the depo shot and had a horrible experience with cramps. It has helps like you wouldnt believe! I also have PMDD very bad and it has worked wonders for me. You should really get on it
Lulu
05/29/11
Medrol dosepack not helping pain and causing side effects?
I injured my shoulder, and my doctor put me on the medrol dosepack. I've been on it for three days, and it hasn't helped the pain at all. And since I started taking it, I've vomited twice (and I have been taking with food as directed) and I've become extremely depressed. This can't be normal, right?

My shoulder felt, much, much better when he had me on vicodine and prescription strength ibuprofen, and that wasn't causing me mood problems at all.
the_slums_of_soft_focus
04/09/08
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  Medrol can actually alter how your body responds to stress. It can also lower the immune system and leave you open to further problems. Saying that however, most meds have side-effects and if we read them all, we really would never take anything. It's obvious with the vomiting though that this med isn't agreeing with your system and you might want to look for an alternative. Vicoden isn't good for you, it's an opiate and is good for short-term pain relief only. It also won't help with inflammation. Talk to your doctor about something else, maybe Ultracet which is less harsh on your system and ask if you can have the prescription strength ibuprofen too. You might just want to try the Ibuprofen alone first, this always seems to be the most effective form of pain relief for injuries and inflammation.
thebattwoman
04/09/08
How long does the birth control shot Depo Provera take to start working after the first injection?
I got the first shot on Wednesday and had sex with a condom yesterday, but the condom broke. Is the Depo Provera active or should I be worried?
thats_all_000
10/24/09
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  call a pharmacy and ask. It doesn't even have to be your pharmacy. you don't even have to give your name. I call my pharmacy everytime I have a question/ issue. They have never given me bad advice. Listen to what they say. They are professionals, yahoo answers is mainly 13 year olds with no medical knowledge.

Most bc takes 30 days to get into your system. So I would ask if you should take plan b while on depo when you call.

btw. depo sucks.
A
10/24/09
How do you get rid of the horrible pain in your legs after having an IV bolus dose of Solu-Medrol?
I had an allergic reaction to something and part of my ER treatment was a bolus dose of Solu-medrol. I feel like someone pulled really hard on my legs and they are over stretched now - kind of like growing pains as a kid only 5000 times worse! The IV was in my arm, so it doesn't match the injection site pain mentioned in everything I find for side-effects. I took some advil - can't stand this anymore!!
Joy H
06/03/08
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  I would recommend getting in touch with your primary care physician to let them know what's going on so that they can evaluate the situation further.
sokokl
06/08/08

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