The usual range is 2-48 mg daily in divided doses, depending on the specific disease being treated.
As anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive initial dosage: As anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive, the initial dosage of Methylprednisolone tablets may vary from 4-48 mg per day depending on the specific disease entity being treated, in situations of less severity lower doses will generally suffice while in selected patients higher initial doses may be required. The initial dosage should be maintained or adjusted until a satisfactory response is noted. If after a reasonable period of time there is a lack of satisfactory dirtied response, Methylprednisolone should be discontinued and the patient transferred to other appropriate therapy. It should be emphasized that dosage requirements are variable and must be Individualized on the basis of the disease under treatment and the response of the patient.
As anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive maintenance dosage: After a favorable response is noted, the proper maintenance dosage should be determined by decreasing the initial drug dosage in small decrements at appropriate time intervals until the lowest dosage which will maintain an adequate clinical response is reached. It should be kept in mind that constant monitoring is needed in regard to drug dosage. If after long-term therapy the drug is to be stopped, it is recommended that it be withdrawn gradually rather than abruptly.
Multiple Sclerosis: In the treatment of acute exacerbations of multiple sclerosis, daily doses of 160 mg of Methylprednisolone for a week followed by 64 mg every other day for 1 month have been shown to be effective.
Methylprednisolone 4 mg tablet can be used to treat and to control severe allergy end dermatitis following the guideline listed below to minimize the steroid withdrawal syndromes:
Day 1: 2 tablets before breakfast + 1 tablet after lunch + 1 tablet after dinner + 2 tablets at bedtime
Day 2: 1 tablet before breakfast + 1 tablet after lunch + 1 tablet after dinner + 2 tablets at bedtime
Day 3: 1 tablet before breakfast + 1 tablet after lunch + 1 tablet after dinner + 1 tablet at bedtime
Day 4: 1 tablet before breakfast + 1 tablet after lunch + 1 tablet at bedtime
Day 5: 1 tablet before breakfast + 1 tablet at bedtime
Day 6: 1 tablet before breakfast
Alternate-day therapy (ADT)
: Alternate-day therapy is a corticosteroid dosing regimen in which twice the usual daily dose of corticoid is administered every other morning. The purpose of this mode of therapy is to provide the patient requiring long-term pharmacologic dose treatment with the beneficial effects of corticoids, white minimizing certain undesirable effects, including pituitary-adrenal suppression, Cushingoid stats, Corficoid withdrawal symptoms, and growth suppression in children.
The following should be kept in mind when considering alternate-day therapy:
Basic principles and indications for corticosteroid therapy should be applied.
Alternate-day therapy is a therapeutic technique primarily designed for pefienis in whom long-term pharmacologic corticoid therapy is anticipated.
In less severe disease processes in which corticoid therapy is indicated, it may be possible to initiate treatment with alternate-day therapy. More severe disease state usually will require daily divided high dose therapy for initiai control of the disease process. The initial suppressive dose level should be continued until a satisfactory clinical response is obtained, usually four to ten days in the case of many allergic and collagen diseases.