Effects of solumedrol

July 18, 2006 at 10:08 am

Because of the side effects of the loading dose of IVIg I got in 2004 (four days in bed with killer migraine headaches, nausea and vomiting, high fever, aches) I get IV decadron (similar to solumedrol) as prep for each IVIg.

Thanks to the decadron, I get only minimal side effects of IVIg (very mild headache, some body aches) but, when the decadron starts wearing off after about 24 hours, I, too, get that “feeling of doom” and start to think dark thoughts. However, since I can prepare for the inevitable, I cope by watching funny movies on TV and DVD and eating ice cream.

When the tears start I remind myself that they will be over in a couple of days.

I don’t mean to make light of all this–it’s really miserable, but, for me, the trade off seems worth it. Perhaps extra prednisone tablets would be a good substitute for you, as suggested. Worth a try.