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A 38-year-old member asked:

what the maximum amount of steroids i can take per week?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Varies: Dpends on condiotn, severity, and other options. If you need to be on high dose steroids for more than a few weeks, steroid sparing drugs such as mathotrexate, cellcept, (mycophenolate mofetil) Plaquenil can be added to decrease steroid effects. Discuss with your doctor.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
No max!: High dose intravenously: 3000mg over one week. Oral high dose steroids rarely needed!
Dr. Adam Bodian
Dermatology 35 years experience
It all depends: It all depends on the type of steroids you are taking and for what condition. However, the most important element of steroid use is the time. The longer you take any steroid the more hazardous it becomes for your health.

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A 52-year-old member asked:

My adrenal levels are twice the norm. But my doctor said I can take steroids to lower it. How does this work?

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Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
Pediatric Endocrinology 21 years experience
Good question: Significant reduction in androgen levels of adrenal source (such as dhea-s & androstenedione) if the body is subjected to exogenous steroids such as Dexamethasone due to creation of negative feeback on the pituitary gland causing decreased acth production. This in turn will reduce the signaling to the adrenal gland that will reduce overall adrenal hormone production and improved clinical symptoms.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

Why do steroids help no matter what problem I have?

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Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
They affect cells: Corticosteroids function by first binding a receptor inside cells. Virtually all cells in the body have this receptor which controls development, metabolism, and immunity. Various health conditions may improve with systemic steroids because its effects are so widespread, but long-term use and high doses cause significant side effects. Steroids should therefore be prescribed and used judiciously.
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 34 years experience
Injected depo-steroids have been reported to cause osteonecrosis of the hip, a condition that may require hip replacement. Steroid injections more than a few times per year place you at risk for multiple other complications as well. Steroid injections are not the same as "allergy shots" (immunotherapy) so be careful.
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A 23-year-old member asked:

What are the common inhaled steroids?

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Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 34 years experience
Inhaled steroids: There are many inhaled steroid and although they have different potencies, they are adjusted on a milligram to milligram basis to achieve approximately the same clinical effect. Among inhaled steriods, most products have a low, medium and high dose recommendations. Inhaled steroids are available for nebulizers (pulmicort), dry powder inhalers (dpi- asmanex, advair), or metered dose inhalers (mdi).
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A 27-year-old member asked:

Can I safely dilute steroid creams?

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Dr. David Voron
Dermatology 51 years experience
See below: Yes. It is best to dilute the steroid cream with another cream similar in consistency.
A 31-year-old member asked:

How long do you typically use a steroid cream for?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Varies: As long as necessary. For a temporary condition less than a week. For chronic conditions several weeks if necessary.

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