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side effects, nutrient depletions, herbal interactions and health notes:
• Methylprednisolone has been clinically proven to impair calcium absorption and bone formation. Supplementation with calcium and vitamin D is strongly encouraged. Tell your pharmacist if you have osteoporosis.1
• Methylprednisolone also compromises the immune system and depletes several important nutrients. Supplementation with vitamins C, selenium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin B6 and zinc may be beneficial.2
• Long term methylprednisolone use may cause chromium loss. Discuss the possible benefits of supplementation with a pharmacist.3
• Ephedra (Ma huang) may increase the clearance of Methylprednisolone, thereby decreasing its effectiveness.4
• Licorice may decrease the clearance of Methylprednisolone, possibly intensifying the duration of its activity and side effects.5
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2 Widmer P, Maibach R, Kunzi UP, et al: Diuretic-Related hypokalaemia - the role of diuretics, potassium supplements, glucocorticoids, and beta-2-adrenoceptor agonists - results from the Comprehensive Hospital Drug Monitoring program, Berne (CHDM), Eur J Clin Pharmacol, 1995, 49(1-2): 31-6.
2 Shenfield GM, Knowles GK, Thomas N, et al: Potassium supplements in patients treated with corticosteroids, Br J Dis chest, 1975, 69:171-6.
2 Gol’berg ED, Eshchenko VA, Bovt VD, et al: The effect of immunosuppressive substances on the zinc content in cells, Biull Eksp Biol Med, 1993, 116(10):412-3.
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2 Frequin ST, Wevers RA, Braam M, et al: Decreased vitamin B12 and folate levels in cerebrospinal fluid and serum of multiple sclerosis patients after high-dose intravenous methylprednisone, J Neurol, 1993, 240(5):305-8.
2 Peretz A, Neve J, Vertongen F, et al: Selenium status in relation to clinical variables and corticosteroid treatment in rheumatoid arthritis, J Rheumatol, 1987, 14(6):1104-7.
3 Ravina A, Slezak L, Mirsky N, et al. Reversal of corticosteroid-induced diabetes mellitis with supplemental chromium. Diabet Med 16: 164-167, 1999
4 Jubiz W, Meikle AW. Alterations of glucocorticoid actions by other drugs and disease states. Drugs 1979;18:113-21.
5 Chen MF, Shimada F, Kato H, et al. Effect of glycyrrhizin on the pharmacokinetics of prednisolone following low dosage of prednisolone hemisuccinate. Endocrinol Japon 1990;37:331-41.
5 Brinker, F Herb Contraindications and Drug Interactions, Eclectic Medical Publications, 1998
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