Use of corticosteroids may produce posterior subcapsular cataracts, glaucoma with possible damage to the optic nerves, and may enhance the establishment of secondary ocular infections due to bacteria, fungi, or viruses . The use of systemic corticosteroids is not recommended in the treatment of optic neuritis and may lead to an increase in the risk of new episodes. Corticosteroids should be used cautiously in patients with ocular herpes simplex because of corneal perforation. Corticosteroids should not be used in active ocular herpes simplex.
Our thoughts and hearts go out to the patients and families affected by this outbreak. This is also a tragedy for the providers who obtained medications from a large and reputable source and now are a direct part of this horrific outbreak. Steroid injections are safe. Thousands are administered every year and countless numbers of patients obtain relief as a result. The number of patients who develop severe complications as a result is incredibly low. The incidence of infection is thought to be less than 1:100,000 and death is exceedingly rare. However, the opportunity to provide people with meaningful relief for ongoing pain is significant.
Methylprednisolone injection provides relief for inflamed areas of the body. It is used to treat a number of different conditions, such as inflammation (swelling), severe allergies, adrenal problems, arthritis, asthma, blood or bone marrow problems, eye or vision problems, lupus, skin conditions, kidney problems, ulcerative colitis, and flare-ups of multiple sclerosis. Methylprednisolone is a corticosteroid (cortisone-like medicine or steroid). It works on the immune system to help relieve swelling, redness, itching, and allergic reactions.