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Doctor insights on: Corticosteroids

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What are corticosteroids?

What are corticosteroids?

Def. Corticosteroids: Corticosteroids are a class of chemicals including both the steroid hormones that are naturally produced in the adrenal cortex of vertebrates and analogues of these hormones which are synthesized in laboratories. Corticosteroids are involved in a wide range of physiologic processes including the stress response, immune response and regulation of inflammation, carbohydrate &protein catabolism. ...Read more

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Do tropical corticosteroids cause weight fluctuations?

Do tropical corticosteroids cause weight fluctuations?

It would be unusual.: It would be unusual for topical corticosteroids to cause weight fluctuations. Although there are many strengths of topical steroids, unless you were to use an unusual amount these steroids it would be unlikely to cause any weight changes. Oral corticosteroids can cause weight gain if taken for a significant period of time. With short term steroid use, there are usually minimal side effects. ...Read more

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Multiple sclerosis may be caused by vitamin d deficiency , why the doctor prescribe corticosteroid ? That have anti-vitamin d .

Multiple sclerosis may be caused by vitamin d deficiency , why the doctor prescribe corticosteroid ? That have anti-vitamin d .

Causes of MS: It is not right to think vitamin D deficiency causes MS, but it seems a healthy level of vitamin D helps to prevent symptoms of MS in some people. There are several reports about this, some clinical trials are in progress.

Corticosteroid medicine is often used temporarily to stop relapses of MS. It's effects on vitamin D are not relevant, the benefits of using it for a short time are better. ...Read more

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Can you tell me, are you supposed to use corticosteroid 1 or 2 times a day?

What form?: What form and what specific corticosteroid do you mean? Oral forms can be given as a single or multiple daily dose. Topicals are generally used twice daily. ...Read more

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Is sudden fluid wt. Gain common in those having used corticosteroids long term?

Is sudden fluid wt. Gain common in those having used corticosteroids long term?

Doubtful.: Corticosteroids can lead to sodium and fluid retention by the kidneys, but with long-term use, a "steady state" is reached and ongoing fluid weight gain may occur but should not be sudden. Sudden fluid weight gain should be evaluated by a physician who knows your history better and can perform a physical exam. Best of luck! ...Read more

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How effective is medical Marijuana for temporal arteritis? And how safe are corticosteroids? And please no discussion of politics over MM

How effective is medical Marijuana for temporal arteritis? And how safe are corticosteroids? And please no discussion of politics over MM

Urgent Treatment: Temporal Arteritis is a serious condition and requires immediate treatment to avoid serious complications like Blindness. Medical Marijuana will not prevent those complications. You should discuss with your Doc. ...Read more

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Corticosteroids work in any bad way?

Corticosteroids work in any bad way?

They can: If taken for long periods of time, steroids have several potential side effects including hypertension, diabetes, osteoporosis, hastening cataract formation, weight gain and others. These drugs need to be carefully and routinely monitored. ...Read more

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How dangerous are corticosteroid injections like kenalog (triamcinolone) or prednisone?

How dangerous are corticosteroid injections like kenalog (triamcinolone) or  prednisone?

Low risk: Infrequent corticosteroid injections are quite safe. Infrequent injections will not cause significant growth effects in children or contribute to decreased bone mass or immune function or increase the risk of weight gain or cataracts. A one in a million risk is hip or knee joint damage. The watch word here is infrequent. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of treatment with corticosteroids?

What are the side effects of treatment with corticosteroids?

Many: This drug class has many side effects and needs to be used under guidance of a physician and only when appropriate. Serious side effects: hypertension, diabetes, steroid psychosis, bone problem, GI ulcerations, steroid muscle pain, infection...Common side effects: fluid retention, sweating, headache, insomnia, nervousness, muscle weakness, sugar imbalance, mood swings, vertigo, hair growth... ...Read more

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How to manage strong side effects of Corticosteroids pills for respiratory sarcodosis and also for long term treatment.

How to manage strong side effects of Corticosteroids pills for respiratory  sarcodosis and also for long term treatment.

Steroids: there are non-steroid alternatives to steroids when needed to treat a chronic illness. Ask your doctor about these. Some include plaquenil, methotrexate, imuran, remicade (infliximab) and others. Long term use of steroids can cause many problems but should never be stopped suddenly or without medical supervision but there are alternatives. ...Read more

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How long do corticosteroids remain in your system?

Days to weeks: Corticosteroids are made naturally in our bodies and are involved in the regulation of inflammation. Because of this, all cells in our bodies have receptors for these compounds. When a corticosteroid is prescribed (topical, oral, or by injection), how long it remains is dependent on how quickly it is metabolized. Usually corticosteroids are metabolized in days but occasionally in weeks. ...Read more

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How long will effects of anxiety from corticosteroids from symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) last?

How long will effects of anxiety from corticosteroids from symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) last?

Until addressed: The package insert for symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) states that nervousness is a result of overuse of symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) and as such should be reported to your physician. It is possible that the dose who are receiving is too high. To not change the dose however without discussing this with the prescribing physician. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can using too much bronchodilator and corticosteroid be harmful?

Can using too much bronchodilator and corticosteroid be harmful?

Too much of anything: Using "too much" of almost anything can be harmful, especially medications. Bronchodilators can cause such effects as jitteryness and cardiac effects and if more than 2 times/week indicate the need for an inhaled steroid (ics). Ics's have a pretty wide safety dose range, but above recommended amounts may not add benefit. Oral steroids have multiple cumulative side effects. Use meds as prescribed. ...Read more

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What are corticosteroids?

Def. Corticosteroids: Corticosteroids are a class of chemicals including both the steroid hormones that are naturally produced in the adrenal cortex of vertebrates and analogues of these hormones which are synthesized in laboratories. Corticosteroids are involved in a wide range of physiologic processes including the stress response, immune response and regulation of inflammation, carbohydrate &protein catabolism. ...Read more

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Corticosteroids work in any bad way?

They can: If taken for long periods of time, steroids have several potential side effects including hypertension, diabetes, osteoporosis, hastening cataract formation, weight gain and others. These drugs need to be carefully and routinely monitored. ...Read more

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Could a person get corticosteroids otc?

Could a person get corticosteroids otc?

Of course: Hydrocortisone is the active ingredient of the over-the-counter topical corticosteroid. Always ask your doctor for more information about medication and your individual situation. ...Read more

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How do corticosteroids get administered?

How do corticosteroids get administered?

Cream shots pills: As cream or gel. As shots into the skin and for extensive severe problems orally. ...Read more

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How long do corticosteroids remain in your system?

Days to weeks: Corticosteroids are made naturally in our bodies and are involved in the regulation of inflammation. Because of this, all cells in our bodies have receptors for these compounds. When a corticosteroid is prescribed (topical, oral, or by injection), how long it remains is dependent on how quickly it is metabolized. Usually corticosteroids are metabolized in days but occasionally in weeks. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could one get corticosteroids otc?

No: I am assuming you mean oral corticosteroids? You can get topical for skin issues, but not oral for inflammation(and you cannot ingest the topical form). Oral corticosteroids can have serious side effects and need to prescribed in specific ways, so its safest to do this with a doc prescribing. ...Read more

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Do tropical corticosteroids cause weight fluctuations?

It would be unusual.: It would be unusual for topical corticosteroids to cause weight fluctuations. Although there are many strengths of topical steroids, unless you were to use an unusual amount these steroids it would be unlikely to cause any weight changes. Oral corticosteroids can cause weight gain if taken for a significant period of time. With short term steroid use, there are usually minimal side effects. ...Read more

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How long does the white count stay elevated after getting corticosteroids?

How long does the white count stay elevated after getting corticosteroids?

Not sure: The white blood cell count may increase within 3-4 hours of taking corticosteroids. I am not sure that there is an accurate time for the decrease. Much of it would depend on how long acting the steroid is. ...Read more

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I used corticosteroids for one week how long will it take to leave my system?

Depends: Depends upon formulation, dose and route of administration. Oral is 1-2 days, with higher doses taking slightly longer. Iintramuscular shots (particularly depot form) can take much longer depending on which steroid you've received and the dose. Your doctor should be able to tell you. ...Read more

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Is sudden fluid wt. Gain common in those having used corticosteroids long term?

Doubtful.: Corticosteroids can lead to sodium and fluid retention by the kidneys, but with long-term use, a "steady state" is reached and ongoing fluid weight gain may occur but should not be sudden. Sudden fluid weight gain should be evaluated by a physician who knows your history better and can perform a physical exam. Best of luck! ...Read more