Drug Ratings for KENALOG

Average Rating: 2.2 (16 Ratings)

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 5  seasonal allergies none this shot was a savior to me for my seasonal allergies. if i could get it before my allergy season started, i never had a symptom. no problems with the shot or the site of the shot. F 49 1 years
unknown 1X AN

 1  Allergies I took shot at 5:45 pm today. I am DYING RIGHT NOW !! I have considered going to the ER. The pain is almost unbearable from my low back yo my knees. TERRIBLE !! M 43 1 days

 5  Lumbar - spinal stenosis Dry mouth Nerve pain was debilitating. Could only stand up for 5-10 minutes at a time. Painful even to stand and shave/brush teeth in the morning. First injections (both facets and epidural space)...everything is fine. Can stand, workout, life is more normal M 54
1X D

 1  Lumbar , constant headache, cramping everywhere, can't sleep. Side effects immediately after injections. legs were getting paralyzed. Cramping everywhere First shot in 3,months went OK , kept climbing water towers , my job Second shot 6 months went OK , kept climing water towers Third shot 9 months later really went bad immediatly after shot Cramping cramping cramping , all epidural . Bent over a pillow for shot. M 50 9 months
60 3X O
 1  back pain - 2 facet injections Where to start . . . unbelievable fatigue, shooting pain in arms and legs, insomnia, hair loss, weight loss, blurry vision, headaches, mood swings, itching all over. Almost 9 months since injections and still have side effects. Other than back pain, healthy before shots. How is it so many people suffer from this med and doctors deny any serious side effects??!! I asked before injections and was told they are safe. Maybe some flushing of my face, that's all I was told. And when I went back to docs about immediate, horrendous adverse reaction, they denied Kenalog causing anything. Greedy #$%^&$%^! M 42 1 days
80 MG 1X D

 1  Allergies I was given this shot by my doctor to treat allergies and wasn't told of the side effects, or that it was a steriod. I would not recommend this drug. I would advise anyone thinking of getting this shot to research before doing so. There are plenty of side effects and I don't think they are worth it. Every since having this shot, I've had difficulty sleeping, fatigue, muscle weakness, mood swings, confusion, depression, irritability, dizziness on and off, light headed, itchiness, flushing, tingling in arms and legs. Now I can't sleep without taking medication to help me sleep. I was relatively healthy prior to taking this. F 82 21 days
1X O

 1  injections for spinal nerve pain After an epidural to my lumbar spine: severe pain, burning pain, jolts of shooting pain, constant aching pain, weakness, rapid heartbeat, dizziness. The next day, I had a an extremely severe jolt of shooting nerve pain that was like a lightning bolt inside my body – I saw a flash of white light and almost fell down. I was terribly disoriented, could hardly walk. Any activity immediately triggered nerve pain that traveled throughout my entire body, especially the lower body. Tingling, spasm, weakness. EVERY TIME I have had a steroid shot for my spine, no matter what type—epidural, block, trigger point injections—I have had NO relief and the horrible, severe symptoms I described here. Extremely severe pain and spasm continued for MONTHS, along with severe side effects, including weight gain, insomnia, weakness and horrible spasm, rash, flushing, and anxiety—although with all that going on, how else could one feel? Every doctor has denied that Kenalog would do this. I think they know very well what steroids do. How could they not? By the way, if you HAVE to have a steroid injection, take an antihistamine. That will stop some of the side effects. F 67 5 times
1X D

 1   A couple of days after I was given a 1 cc Kenalog 5mg injection on my scalp due to hair loss, my life was turned upside down. Here are my symptoms: Nigth-time panic attacks, anxiety attacks, adrenaline rushes up and down my spine, stiff neck, lower back pain, abdominal cramps, chronic diarrhea, digestive system disturbance,couldn't eat, bloating, stomach pain, itichy scalp, burning eyes and face, tinglyness and numbness on both arms, and upper torso, debilitating muscle and leg weakness, pain in my joints and feet, shortness of breath, extreme fatigue, dizziness, vertigo, nausea, blurry vision, headaches, loss of hair, dry mouth, extreme thirst, deppresive state, general malaise, inability to focus, loss interest in anything I enjoyed, unable to work out, insomnia, increased urination. I had this injection on April 2012, and today, Dec. 14, 2012, I am still suffering from most of this symptoms. The thought that this will never go away scares me. Does any body knows how long these side effects could last? How long does it take for this medication to get out of your system? F 50 1 times
5 mg 1X O
 1  Allergies Had a Kenalog injection in my upper arm in August to relieve seasonal allergies, as prescribed by my doctor. A little over 2 months later I notice an indentation just underneath my shoulder. After researching symptoms, I have finally put the two together. I am extremely upset that I was never told of this side effect! I have read that the indent may get larger....and I am afraid of future side effects from this drug. DO NOT TAKE THIS DRUG! F 44

 1  misdiagnosis of spine impingement Pain in all extremities 6 months since injections. Pain began immediately following injections and was never experienced before injections. Consulted with many doctors who either flatly denied any connection to Kenalog (according to them, there are no lasting side effects) or are clueless about side effects (it appears they are unfamiliar with the drug's package insert material). Look up article “Understanding Potential Complications Of Epidural Steroid Injections: Practitioners need to understand and educate their patients regarding the full scope of potential side effects that can occur when receiving epidural steroids” by two highly respected pain specialists at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California. The article states in part: “Despite the indisputable rise in the number of pain interventions, little has been written about the potential side effects of administering steroids into the epidural space. In fact, many premier textbooks allocate only a couple of pages to exploring glucocorticoid mechanism of action and then only briefly mention potential side effects. This lack of understanding has led many practitioners to naïvely view steroids as benign drugs without fully comprehending the broad scope of potential side effects that can occur when steroids are injected into the epidural space. Undoubtedly, adverse effects from epidural steroid injections are not usually lethal, but they can carry significant morbidity and may be very disconcerting to patients. To understand the full scope of complications that can arise from epidural administration of glucocorticoids, it is necessary not only to understand the technical/mechanical complications that occur with needle placement, but also to grasp the role of pharmacokinetics, steroid particulate size, and, most importantly, how glucocorticoids affect near F 44 6 weeks
200 4X O
 1  allergies huge dent in hip, bruising, hip joint pain was not warned about side effects, never would have agreed to shot F 41 1 years
30 mg 1X AN
 5  keiloids I get an injection every six weeks and I am very happy with the results. I have very sensitive skin so my bra strap caused keiloids on my shoulders. They became big lumps and darkened my skin. Most people mentioned about a dent in the area of injection. Well, this is what you want to happen with keiloids. You want them to shrink and it also brings back the natural color. Once those big, dark lumps are flattened I will quit with the injections. I have noticed some irregular bleeding that mimics my cycle. Most of the time it's just spotting but it basically goes on throughout the month! However, I expect to have only 1 more injection and I will be happy with my shoulders and my cycle should return to normal. F 28 4 months
1X M

 1  Shoulder pain Drug nearly killed me. Doctor did not do any tests for underlying infections and this drug weakens immunity, causing an undiagnosed infection (Lyme Disease) to spread throughout my body causing pain most people will never know. That was nearly 4 years ago and I am fighting for my life ever since. Stay away from these kind of drugs at ALL costs they destroy your immune system F 46 1 days

 5  Poison Ivy none This was a generic form of what kenalog is that i was taking. I have severe poison ivy allergy. This was on my hand. My fingers were swollen to twice their normal circumference and very blistered. The cream worked within 24 hours after applying. The swelling went down and the itching was gone. Did not have to use a lot of it either. Used less than what was directed on the bottle. Remember you own your body. Research and understand all that you can about anything that ails you. Know and understand anything given to you to relieve that ailment. M 39 2 weeks

 5  keloids slight skin discoloration Worked better than anything I've ever tried. Keloid is almost gone; no itching or pain. take one injection a month for past seven months. M 55 7 months

 1  for hip pain I didn't feel like kenalog helped with my hip pain. The worst thing, though, was that after a couple of months I noticed a large dent in my hip. So, the only thing that drug did was kill my muscle tissue. I'm 5 ft. 3 in. and weigh 110 pounds--I need all the muscle and fat tissue I have, especially around the hip area. I never would have agreed to a shot of Kenalog if I had known what it would do to my hip. No doctor can tell me how to get the muscle tissue built up again. F 58 1 days

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