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Medications are used to reduce the inflammation (swelling) in your child's brain and spinal cord. The main medication that is used is called methylprednisolone (Solu-medrol®), which is a corticosteroid given by IV once a day for three to five days. This medication is completely different from the illegal steroids that some athletes use.
Most children with ADEM improve with high doses of methylprednisolone. If methylprednisolone does not work, there are other treatments we use (such as plasmapheresis or intravenous immunoglobulin therapy).
Most children tolerate the steroids (the medication) very well. But in some children there are side effects such as:
Some children will be placed on a steroid called prednisone for a short period of time. Your child may also be prescribed a medication to prevent stomach irritation.
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