Hi there, There are several ways I have had steroids before:
Orally 500mg methylprednisiolone daily for 3 days
Intravenous steroids as an outpatient: they pop a cannula into a vein in your hand and give the steroid (methylprednisilone) through that. Its like a minature drip bag if you’ve ever had one. In our hospital neuro unit you sit in a room with other people having infusions of steroids or other MS drugs. You usually go home with the cannula in your hand and return each day for a new dose. Usually takes 1-2 hours to give the whole bag. Usually its a 3 day or 5 day course. You are more likely to have steroids as an outpatient if you are ‘fairly’ well.
3)Intravenous steroids as an inpatient - as above, except you stay in hospital. The only times I’ve had steroids in hospital, I have needed to be in there anyway.
Usually you get given a gastric protectant such as ranitidine or omeprazole which help guard againts any damage to your stomach.
After about 30 seconds of IV steroids you WILL feel like you;ve been sucking a mouthful of 2p pieces. Highly recommend taking polo’s or anything minty to get rid of the taste.
Also steroids make me feel really manic afterwards and I can’t sleep for love nor money. If it affects you like that, its worth asking for a sleeping tablet. I find Zopiclone does the trick nicely - just for a few days
Hope that helps