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Steroids for asthma: Hi medius6, in terms of steroids, there are many options out there for treatment of asthma. There are inhalers, pills ,and iv forms used. Your doctor will likely recommend a steroid inhaler for persistent asthma symptoms to take once to twice a day. Saving the pills and iv drugs for the bad times. Bronchodilators(not steroids)like albuterol, are a mainstay of treatment as well. Hope that helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm doing a trial off my corticosteroid and have been wheezing at night and early morning, but it doesn't bother me. Can I stay off the medication?
Asthma: Hi, r u able to monitor ur peak expiratory flow rate at home. That could guide u and ur doctor for proper treatment, also it is not normal to wheeze, wheezing means obstruction of small airways which could affect the oxygenation. Please consult with your treating doctor to adjust your medication. Feel better soon. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I'm having an adrenal hormone test for adrenal fatigue i'm on a corticosteroid for sinusitus will the medication interfer with the results of the test?
Yes: The results will not be valid.Get a more detailed answer ›
I have ulcerativ colitis and i used many drugs but all failed with me-then my dr told me to use corticosteroids- what is the curing percentage of cort?
I have decreased kidney function. I require anti-inflammatory RX strength drugs. Which is better choice for my kidneys? NSAIDS or Corticosteroids?
Loaded...: You need to discuss your current medication regimen with a Nephrologist (kidney specialist) or qualified Internist or Family Physician. The Lamictal may be causing aches and pains in and of itself. And it may also affect kidney function. I don't think I would recommend any intervention (NSAID, Corticosteroid) until your medical history is fully taken into account. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
If you administer corticosteroids to physiological outliers like body builders or olympic marathon runners, are they normalized, i.E.>normal fat%?
What should I expect for a corticosteroid shot for iliopsoas snapping since 1.5 yrs. I'm 17 yrs f?
Expect some relief : Typically, one corticosteroid injection will provide some relief. The relief is usually between 50-100% and lasts 2 weeks-several months. I usually give a second injection about 6 weeks later for better results. I assume physical therapy is part of your care program as well. ...Read more
Talk to your Doc: The use of any medication involves risk. The use of a medication in pregnancy involve some added risk b/c of the fetus. The decision to use a medication in pregnancy needs to be balanced between the risk of the medication used and the risk of not using the medication. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not antiinflammatory: Long acting beta agonists are used but not without anti-inflammatory corticosteroid inhalers. Montelukast is a pill with probable anti-inflammatory effects. Either way, the amount of corticosteroid in the inhalers, and especially the amount absorbed is extremely small. I would even use these in a child. Even though these are 'corticosteroids', they should not be feared-asthma is safer using these. ...Read more
BAsic Science: When our bodies sustain an injury, the immediate response is inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling). This is the body increasing the blood flow to the injury to bring healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. Steroids (as well as motrin/advil) are anti inflammatory which means they slow down healing by reducing/stopping the processes of inflammation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on which one: There are categories of steroids. Also if oral or inhalers. Oral ones are generally avoided unless an auto immune issue. Inhalers are for respiratory illnesses and also different potency available. General side effects are voice changes on vocal cord. Thrush if not rinsing well and long term according to studies is possible over many years. One needs to worry about osteoporosis. ...Read more
Topical steroids: Topical steroids could cause reactions like any other topical. It might cause trouble with skin "thinning", atrophy, blood vessel dilatation. It can also cause hypopigmenation and hyperpigmentation=dark spots. It should be used in the right concetration on the right area. What you use on your body might not be appropriate for face. It is available in very strong or very weak formulation.. ...Read more
Maybe: I can't think of too many situations in which more than one steroid at a time is required, unless one is a topical (cream or ointment). If these medications originate from different doctors, you may have a problem. See your primary care physician to evaluate the complete medication list. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possible severe prob: Depending on whether you are taking an oral, inhaled or topical corticosteroid you will have different risks for adrenal insufficiency related to abrupt cessation. That can be life-threatening and is not advisable. You can also have a flare in the underlying condition for which you are taking the medication. Consult a physician before discontinuing the medication to see if they would taper it. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Not exactly: Corticosteroid can cause cushing's syndrome but not cushing's disease. Cushing's syndrome is when you have too much steroids in your system which can happen if you take too much corticosteroid. Cushing's disease is caused by a tumor in the pituitary that causes the adrenal to produce too much cortisol (steroid). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Appetite changes : Oral steroids such as Prednisone can temporarily increase the appetite as well as cause many other unwanted side effects. Typically the craving is for any food and not specific for a particular food. This would not happen with topical steroids such as nasal sprays, creams/ointments or asthma inhalers. ...Read more
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