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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
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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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Dr. Dale Carrison
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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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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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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 .

Explanation: Vitamin D deficiency increases risk for MS, but does NOT cause the disorder. If one does have MS, and suffers relapses, steroids can help reverse downturn. But low vitamin D can increase risk for relapses, new MRI lesions, and progressive disability. Suggest your concerns be discussed at length with a neurologist, and if you do have MS, you are advised to start a specific MS medication. ...Read more

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

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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Dr. Jason Kline
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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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Dr. James Marx
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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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Dr. Douglas Mund
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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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Dr. Katharine Cox
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Dr. Steven Machtinger
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How dangerous are corticosteroid injections like kenalog or prednisone?

How dangerous are corticosteroid injections like kenalog 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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