The indications for Depo-Medrol are the same as those for other anti-inflammatory steroids and comprise the various collagen, dermal, allergic, ocular, otic, and musculoskeletal conditions known to be responsive to the anti-inflammatory corticosteroids.
Representative of the conditions in which the use of steroid therapy and the benefits to be derived therefrom have had repeated confirmation in the veterinary literature are:
- dermal conditions, such as non-specific eczema, summer dermatitis, and burns;
- allergic manifestations, such as acute urticaria, allergic dermatitis, drug and serum reactions, bronchial asthma, and pollen sensitivities;
- ocular conditions, such as iritis, iridocyclitis, secondary glaucoma, uveitis, and chorioretinitis;
- otic conditions, such as otitis externa;
- musculoskeletal conditions,such as myositis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and bursitis;
- various chronic or recurrent diseases of unknown etiology such asulcerative colitis and nephrosis.
Average total daily oral doses for dogs and cats are as follows:
- 5 to 15 lb body wt - 2 mg;
- 15 to 40 lb body wt - 2 to 4 mg;
- 40 to 80 lb body wt - 4 to 8 mg.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Depo-Medrol is in a class of drugs called steroids. Depo-Medrol reduces swelling and decreases the body's immune response. Depo-Medrol is used to treat many conditions including inflammation, lupus, allergy, asthma, colitis, and certain forms of kidney disease.
If you miss to give a dose of Depo-Medrol, give it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your pet to take the next dose, skip the dose and go back to the regular dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Store Depo-Medrol between 39 and 86 degrees F (4 and 30 degrees C). Keep Depo-Medrol out of the reach of children and away from pets.