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A 40-year-old female asked:

chronically ill for yrs, drs aren't entirely sure why. took steroids recently, felt best in yrs. is this a clue to what's wrong? why so good on steroids

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Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Steroids: Steroids can give you a sense of euphoria, but by the same token it can mask your presenting symptoms.

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When is the best time for me to initiate therapy with inhaled steroids?

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Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
Persistent asthma: Asthma is an inflammatory condition triggered by genetic & environmental factors. Once asthma is diagnosed, the severity is determined by how often it causes symptoms as well as lung function tests. For asthma that is persistent (symptoms > 2x per week), inhaled steroids should be started. If asthma subsides and causes symptoms only intermittently, the steroids may be decreased or discontinued.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What is the best substitute for steroids?

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Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 55 years experience
What are we treating: We try to spare the use of steroids as much as possible rheumatology. This really depends on what you're treating. In the specific clinical setting there are certain medications we can use to help avoid or decrease the dose of corticosteroids. This is going to be medical specificity and not a blanket answer.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What is the best steroid cycle with these products?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
Geriatrics 30 years experience
Which products?: I suspect that most physicians are not going to recommend steroid cycles, at least not if you're referring to anabolic steroids. Sure, we recommend corticosteroids every now & then but the regimen varies according to the condition. So if you're looking for performance enhancement, that's going to be trickier than searching for treatment of hypogonadism & menopause (latter is also tx'd w/steroids).
A 35-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me what is the best steroid cycle for 20 year old?

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Dr. Alvin Lin answered
Geriatrics 30 years experience
Just don't do it!: There is no best steroid cycle for anyone regardless of whether you're 20yo as stated, 35yo as listed, or whatever age you truly are. Male body isn't intended to cycle hormones up & down, unlike female body. With anabolic steroids, especially unmonitored black market, you run tremendous risk of side effects, such as testicular atrophy, infertility, gynecomastia, hair loss, acne, heart attack, etc.
A 20-year-old female asked:

Starting a steroid cycle and what would be the best way to go about with it and what would be recommed type of steroid, and oral or injection?

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Dr. Sonja Stiller-martin
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Depends: Depends on what you are taking the steroid for and what a 'steroid cycle' is. An oral steroid like prednisone is absorbed well enough and fast enough that there is no significant benefit to the injectable equivalent.

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