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Review: could Depo-medrol cause Herpes zoster?

Summary: Herpes zoster could be caused by Depo-medrol, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for 1 - 6 months, also take Aredia, and have Eczema.

We study 2,142 people who have side effects while taking Depo-medrol from FDA and social media. Among them, 31 have Herpes zoster. Find out below who they are, when they have Herpes zoster and more.

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Depo-medrol

Depo-medrol (latest outcomes from 2,177 users) has active ingredients of methylprednisolone acetate. It is often used in back pain.

Herpes zoster

Herpes zoster (latest reports from 115,335 patients) has been reported by people with rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, multiple myeloma.

On Apr, 12, 2014: 2,137 people reported to have side effects when taking Depo-medrol. Among them, 31 people (1.45%) have Herpes Zoster. They amount to 0.03% of all the 115,197 people who have Herpes Zoster on eHealthMe.

Trend of Herpes zoster in Depo-medrol reports

Time on Depo-medrol when people have Herpes zoster * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Herpes zoster0.00%100.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%

Gender of people who have Herpes zoster when taking Depo-medrol * :

FemaleMale
Herpes zoster63.33%36.67%

Age of people who have Herpes zoster when taking Depo-medrol * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Herpes zoster0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%6.67%33.33%3.33%56.67%

Severity of Herpes zoster when taking Depo-medrol ** :

n/a

How people recovered from Herpes zoster ** :

n/a

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Eczema (10 people, 32.26%)
  2. Pain (7 people, 22.58%)
  3. Gastrooesophageal reflux disease (1 people, 3.23%)
  4. Osteoporosis (1 people, 3.23%)
  5. Arthritis (1 people, 3.23%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Aredia (24 people, 77.42%)
  2. Zometa (24 people, 77.42%)
  3. Coumadin (18 people, 58.06%)
  4. Flonase (17 people, 54.84%)
  5. Ativan (17 people, 54.84%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • This is my 2nd day yesterday 18mg and today 12mg and no relieve

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  • From this study (2 months ago):

  • 17 year old daughter had a depo-medrol shot in right foot, after an hour of receiving shot she got a spasm that went from her foot all the way to her lower back, and has had the backache and spasm now for 3 days. Doctor told me that the shot had nothing to do with it.... I beg to differ!!! my daughter was in so much pain that I was steps away from the ER. she is now on a muscle relaxer and vicodin.

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