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Why can't people stay on prednisolone for ever?

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Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
41 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Steroid side effects: Actually, some people have to take steroids lifelong. Prednisolone is a hormone in the cortisone family, and cortisone is required for life. If the adrenal gland stops producing it, as it does in addison's disease, the patient must take something similar. For normal people, steroids have adverse effects, so it is best to take them for short periods. Longer use can turn off adrenal production too.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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