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Fluorinated Corticosteroids List
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
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
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 more
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
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%?
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 more
Steroids: If you are asking about oral steroids, it is not safe to take them daily, they carry a lot of long term side effects such as weight gain, loss of bone causing osteoporosis, predisposing to diabetes and hypertension, glaucoma, cataracts, etc to name a few. Sometimes you don't have a choice but taking them if there are no alternatives, but if there are, speak to your treating physician about them. ...Read more
Broadness of term: Corticosteroids are anti-inflammatory medications that are similar to cortisol, a steroid that is naturally produced by the adrenal glands that sit on top of one's kidneys. Corticosteroids are a type of steroid. Anabolic steroids are a different type of steroids which are often abused by people wanting to "bulk up" or improve their weightlifting artificially. ...Read more
Depends on Severity: For mild eczema you might be able to get away with just over the counter hydrocortisone. For mild eczema desonide is great, can be used on face. For moderate eczema I like triamcinolone. Talk to your physician so that you know what level of severity of eczema you have and what topical corticosteroid ointment is best for you. Make sure to moisturize daily with fragrance free moisturizure. ...Read more
The BD works fast!: You did not say the condition being treated, but by the combination of drugs, it sound like an asthmatic condition. Bronchodilators open up the bronchioles immediately, while the inhaled steroids work longer, but do not work immediately. Combinations like this work well for most. Good luck! ...Read more
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
Works faster: Most bronchodilators (albuterol, levalbuterol) work fast to relieve bronchospasm, often a big part of most chronic inflammatory lung diseases like asthma, chronic bronchitis and COPD. Asthma in particular is treated with a mixture of what we call "reliever" and "controller" medication. Controllers (such as corticosteroids) are used long term to treat persistent or recurrent acute asthma. ...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 more
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