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High Strength Steroid Medication
How long does it take for high strength topical steroid creams on the face to cause side effects especially skin thinning?
I was given a steroid injection yesterday for hives and eczema. My tinnitus is very high now. Is that likely to go away when medication wears off?
I am on high protein diet...Plus I am involved in vigorous exercise but no improvement in muscles. Size. Can u suggest what non steroid drug to take?
Type of Exercise: The type of exercises you do matter. You need to engage in more anaerobic exercises than aerobic. While weight lifting, squats, push-ups and crunches (all anaerobic) will build the different muscle groups, running and other aerobics will burn calories and build your cardiovascular endurance but help you lose, not gain weight. Talk to a trainer to help you draw up an exercise plan. Good luck! ...Read more
How can a pt on high doses of steroids (sle serositis) tell the diff between having a swollen belly from the drug or true ascites? Abd is swollen/hard
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 more
I've started getting headaches every day (most)I suspect medication overuse because I use a non steroidal on those days. How long would it take 2 impove?
Lots of Options: OTC non-sedating antihistamines like Allegra, Claritin, or Zyrtec are helpful for seasonal/perennial allergic rhinitis symptoms. The gold-standard treatment are daily nasal steroid sprays, however you can try antihistamine nasal spray instead. Avoidance of triggers is important and allergy shots are also an option. Saline sprays are useful but will not provide lasting relief used alone. ...Read more
Sarcoidosis rx: Many if not most cases of sarcoidosis don't require any treatment. Other meds used to treat sarcoidosis that is active include plaquenil, methotrexate, and Remicade (infliximab) among others. Any medicine that suppresses the immune system can help though all have varying side effect profiles and monitoring requirements but most have fewer side effects than steroids. ...Read more
Is it possible for an epidural in my lower back to cause a gain in weight due to the steroid in the medication?
Extremely unlikely: As very little steroid is absorbed systemically... ...Read more
About a month ago, I was sick and prescribed ~6 medications (antibiotics, steroids, some OTCs) - I'm 5 days late; could this be an affect of meds?
Yes depends: Depending on the dosage and duration it can affect........ Take and healing. ...Read more
I have brainstem inflammation and looking for an alternative medication to steroids can you help please?
Which steroid can help me build strength and muscle fast? I need to build a lot oF strength in. Short time window like a month and half
Protect: Avoid things that make you break out, soaps & wetness. Wash your hands only when necessary. Wear gloves when needed. Wear clothes made of cotton. Bathe only with a small amount of mild unscented soap, such as dove. Keep the water temperature cool or warm, not hot. Use the medicine your doctor gave you. Use a plain moisturizer daily. Avoid scratching or rubbing the itchy area. Manage stress. ...Read more
What happens if severe GVHD of the gut does not respond to steroids or any other attempted medication?
Sorry, can't help: Graft vs host diease (GVHD) is complex, as are the treatments that lead to it (probably bone marrow transplant) and the diseases it treats. No matter how expert HealthTap doctors may be, there is no way any distant forum can answer a question like this. You'll have to disucss it with your (or the patient's) doctor (s). Sorry. Good luck to you and your loved one, or whoever the patient is. ...Read more
What to do if I had a MRI for my shoulder pain. It came back with nothing wrong. I was given a steroid medication b4 mri?
Shoulder pain: There are many causes of shoulder pain that do not show up on MRI. If the steroid is injected into the shoulder and an MRI is done immediately after, the study may show some fluid (the steroid that was injected) in the shoulder. Steroid however, will not reduce the sensitivity of an MRI study in finding shoulder problems. It sounds like you may benefit from a good shoulder examination. ...Read more
Not a good idea.:
The anabolic steroids are not a good idea. Your system is highly stimulated already with an autoimmune disease. There is no sense in adding more chemicals for this. And sometimes people are already on steroids for the RA. If you are on DMARDS I would not add to the mix with anabolic steroids.
Best wishes. ...Read more
How does taking anti-inflammatory steroid medication affect the outcome of vision correction surgery?
Well usually,: Anti inflammatory drops are used to slow or suppress the scarring (bad form of healing) reaction that can occur after refractive surgery. It can also alleviate discomfort. There are a wide variety of very effective steroid and non steroidal agents that can be used after refractive surgery. ...Read more
What is best intralesional steroids used medication in case of men alopcia areata in combination with minoxidil???
How long might this ic flare from and epidural steroid injection given 4 days ago last? How long does it take that medication to leave the body?
3-4 weeks: Speak with your pcp or gu doc to get advice on what to do. ...Read more
(1) Are Retroscapular Injections safe and effective for Diagnostic purposes and Temporary relief from potential Scapular Bursitis symptoms? (2) Possible side effects with long-term use? (3) What type of medication is injected, i.e. steroid? (4) Is it pain
Yes: In the hands of a skilled provider with experience there should be minimal risk. However there is always the chance of a lung injury--but small. Usually a mixture of steroid and lidocaine is used to numb the area and then the steroid should reduce swelling in the bursa But this is usually only temp pain relieve so you can rehab the scapular muscles. ...Read more
No: It is dangerous however, to let asthma symptoms go untreated. If one needs a rescue inhaler (albuterol) more than twice a week on a regular basis, and the rescue inhaler is used for more than just vigorous activity, that is a sign that asthma is poorly controlled. A controller medication like an inhaled steroid and/ or singulair (montelukast) is needed;. ...Read more
How to get rid of puffy nipples? I'm 24 male and bodybuilder. Never user any medications or steroids....
Can the yellow greenish vaginal discharge be caused by a steroid based oral medication I am currently taking?
Vaginal Discharge: Doubtful that your medication is responsible. See your doctor. ...Read more
I am currently taking chantix to stop smoking and I'm also on steroids for bronchitis. Are these two medications safe?
Depends: Prednisone for short periods of time is safe. Chantix however is under scrutiny after a canadian study was published this summer showing a high risk of stroke and heart attack in patients taking the drug. Like all medication the risk must be balanced by the benefit. I have had a lot of patients have high success with chantix. ...Read more
Steroid jab on C5/6/7. Why are Celecoxib 200mg twice a day and Pregabalin 75mg once a day prescribed as discharge medications?
Epidural or steroid injections. Which dr. Administer them? No pain medication is helping my OSTEOARTHRITIS? I need it for my lower, cervical, n knees.
Which of the following asthma medications should I reduce if have no symptoms at all 1)controlling tablets 2)quick relief inhaler 3)steroid inhaler?
See below: The steroid inhaler is your controller/maintenance for use daily/routinely. The tablet is also assisting with the control/maintenance aspects of your asthma. Your action plan should advise that the quick relief (albuterol) can be decreased/increased in frequency depending on the severity or improvement of your breathing status. ...Read more
I've had a cough for over two years. I have been treated with inhalers, steroid, anti drip medications, antihistamines, zpac you name it. It has?
GERD?: Have you been evaluated for gerd? This can also contribute to bronchospasm and result in cough. It is not likely to be due to infection if it has been present for 2 years. If you are smoking, you need to quit. You may need pulmonary function testing to rule out copd, especially if you have smoked. ...Read more
I have hsv-2 and I'm in daily Valtrex (valacyclovir) therapy, can I use steroids (wistrol)? Does it have any interaction with the disease or medication?
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