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Doctor insights on: Glucocorticoid Vs Corticosteroid

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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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Why do corticosteroids cause weight gain?

Why do corticosteroids cause weight gain?

Water: The simple answer is that they can cause the body to retain fluids, or water. Usually if you are only taking the medicine for a short time this is not an issue. When you take steroids for long periods of time then there are a number of side effects that may occur. ...Read more

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Can corticosteroids for keloids cause glaucoma?

Can corticosteroids for keloids cause glaucoma?

Steroid and IOP: Steroids like used to reduce keloids are often used in limited and local ways. Although class of drugs can cause a rise in the eye' s pressure, it would take sustained elevated iop to develop glaucoma. An eye md could help with the prescribing physician treating the keloids with steroids if will be more than a week or if multiple injections required. ...Read more

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Why is it that corticosteroids can increase blood pressure?

Why is it that corticosteroids can increase blood pressure?

Steroids: Fluid retention, weight gain, affects from the adrenal glands and this by-product trigger increased salt retained which increases blood pressure, and many other mechanisms. ...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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If am taking corticosteroids. Will it increase growth hormone?

If am taking corticosteroids. Will it increase growth hormone?

No: Just the opposite, it can cause growth suppression by antagonistic effect to hgh

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What adverse effects can corticosteroids cause after repeated use for stubborn migraines?

What adverse effects can corticosteroids cause after repeated use for stubborn migraines?

See details: Chronic corticosteroid use causes weight gain, bruisability, diabetes, cataracts, osteoporosis, atherosclerosis, infections and several other side effects. ...Read more

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What can I do so my friend treats her lupus without gaining weight on the corticosteroids?

What can I do so my friend treats her lupus without gaining weight on the corticosteroids?

See below: Sometimes you have to be on Prednisone to treat lupus depending on what is going on. That being said exercise and diet are key to minimize the weight gain from prednisone. ...Read more

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Can a short 6mon tapered bout of corticosteroids worsen insulin sensitivity thereafter w/o causing full blown diabetes?

Can a short 6mon tapered bout of corticosteroids worsen insulin sensitivity thereafter w/o causing full blown diabetes?

Absolutely: ≥95% of dm is type ii, aka Insulin resistance, & this commonly progresses over 20-40 years before reaching hba1c 6.5%, ada level for DX dm. As long as the pancreas beta cells can keep ↑ insulin+amylin release enough to keep glucose below this level, then ≤6.5%. Yet optimal health, from human research: hba1c 5.0%. ↑ steroids, internal or external, always ↑ Insulin resistance, even for just a day. ...Read more

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"using corticosteroids long enough, takes time to ramp up corticosteroid production" - I have used advair 250/50 for 1.5 months, can I go cold turkey?

"using corticosteroids long enough, takes time to ramp up corticosteroid production" - I have used advair 250/50 for 1.5 months, can I go cold turkey?

Mgt: I would recommend reviewing your asthma action plan. If you step down to 100/50 and re assess, this helps to gauge your need for inhaled steroids.

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Mum has sarcoidosis since 2006 & she was getting treated with corticosteroids. Since last 4months her condition is getting worse. Can chemotherapy help?

Mum has sarcoidosis since 2006 & she was getting treated with corticosteroids. Since last 4months her condition is getting worse. Can chemotherapy help?

Possibly: Methotrexate and other steroid-sparing immunomodulatory drugs are options for treating sarcoid. The key is following closely with a good Pulmonologist, Immunologist or Rheumatologist with experience in treating adult autoinflammatory disorders such as this. ...Read more

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Why do corticosteroids prevent healing?

Why do corticosteroids prevent healing?

Many reasons: Corticosteroids interfere with inflammation which is a very necessary "step" in the wound healing process. They also stimulate Collagenase which is an enzyme that breaks down collagen, an important component in healing. Corticosteroids also interfere with epithelialization and fibroblast proliferation - 2 cells that are responsible for healing. ...Read more

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Can corticosteroids cause me to twitch?

Can corticosteroids cause me to twitch?

Yes: Corticosteroids have many side effects. The best way to know is top stop for 2 weeks and see if the twitch resolves. ...Read more

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How are corticosteroids and steroids different?

How are corticosteroids and steroids different?

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

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How long does it take for corticosteroids to work on eczema?

How long does it take for corticosteroids to work on eczema?

Eczema: Topical corticosteroids should take a couple of days to see improvement of your skin, but relief from the itching should improve within a couple of hours. You should work to keep your skin well hydrated with hypoallergenic lotion through out the day, likely applying lotion more than three times. This will allow you to limit using the steroids. If extensive eczema, see a Dermatologist for more care ...Read more

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Why are bronchodilators and corticosteroids often used together?

Why are bronchodilators and corticosteroids often used together?

Better control: Asthma is inflammation and bronchospasm (as well as mucus production) so a product that treats inflammation and one that treats the muscle spasm addresses the major components of asthma. It is more convenient to use one inhaler vs. Two, thus the combination inhalers for asthma. ...Read more