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how can you tell if someone is on steroids?

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Dr. David Schneider
Dentistry 38 years experience
Testing: Urine/blood tests are the only reliable way to tell.

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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).
A 33-year-old member asked:

Can someone tell me what kind of a steroid methandrostenolone is?

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Dr. Gerard Honore
Fertility Medicine 29 years experience
A dangerous one: It's a 17-alpha-alkylated steroid if you are a chemist. An orally active anabolic steroid, it has been banned in the us since 1990. It's promotes muscle growth, but also suppress/eliminate normal sperm production. Longterm it will cause feminizing effects like breast growth unless taken with an aromatase inhibitor drug (also a bad idea.) cases of liver failure have been reported.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Could you tell me if someone is on steroids and lupus meds, what are they being treated for, exactly?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Lupus inflammation: The meds are used to reduce the inflammatory process associated with lupus.

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