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Doctor insights on: How Long Do Corticosteroids Remain In Your System

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How long do corticosteroids remain in your system?

How long do corticosteroids remain in your system?

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

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I used corticosteroids for one week how long will it take to leave my system?

I used corticosteroids for one week how long will it take to leave my system?

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

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Can long term use of corticosteroid cream affect your endocrine system, and reproductive hormone levels?

Can long term use of corticosteroid cream affect your endocrine system, and reproductive hormone levels?

Yes: It depends on the strength of the steroid. 1% Hydrocortisone is unlikely to cause any side effects on your adrenal glands, but more powerful creams can have systemic effects. ...Read more

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How safe is alloderm for people suffering from auto-immune diseases? I am suffering from myasthenia gravis for a long time now. I am on a moderate dose of corticosteroids for my condition. I know that they suppress the immune system and also slow down hea

How safe is alloderm for people suffering from auto-immune diseases? I am suffering from myasthenia gravis for a long time now. I am on a moderate dose of corticosteroids for my condition. I know that they suppress the immune system and also slow down hea

Alloderm: Alloderm is a processed human skin graft which results in an acellular dermal matrix which can be used for a variety of purposes, including treatment of wounds, reconstructive surgery and hernia repairs. Unlike allograft skin grafts (i.e. Skin from another human), which are eventually rejected, the proprietary processing technique retains the normal collagen bundling and intact basement membrane complex of skin, but without the components (skin and connective tissue cells) that cause an immune reaction. In one study (wainwright dj: use of an acellular allograft dermal matrix (alloderm) in the management of full-thickness burns. Burns. 1995 jun;21 (4):243-8) alloderm was used in burn patients and the patients did not demonstrate a specific immune response, either by histology or immunologically.

In addition, in your case, the use of corticosteroids would blunt any immune reaction, minimizing the possibility of an immune reaction. This would howver, slow down the healing process, due to the effect of corticosteroids on wound healing. ...Read more

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What effect, if any, might a corticosteroid injection have on the digestive system and gut bacteria?

What effect, if any, might a corticosteroid injection have on the digestive system and gut bacteria?

Probably not much: Although corticosteroids certainly have an effect on the stomach and surely can affect the gut flora in some way, it is doubtful that one injection would have much of an effect. In addition, it would be difficult to judge what that effect would be, if it did occur. It's a question that is almost impossible to answer without knowing more detail. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long does the white count stay elevated after getting corticosteroids?

How long does the white count stay elevated after getting corticosteroids?

Not sure: The white blood cell count may increase within 3-4 hours of taking corticosteroids. I am not sure that there is an accurate time for the decrease. Much of it would depend on how long acting the steroid is. ...Read more

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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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After corticosteroids at 8 locations of my iliopsoas I have 55% better. Still difficult to sit for long. Its been 11 days now. Can it worsen again?

After corticosteroids at 8 locations of my iliopsoas I have 55% better. Still difficult to sit for long. Its been 11 days now. Can it worsen again?

Yes: This is very difficult problem to solve and occasionally the symptoms do come back the injections help decrease the inflammation of the tendon and are temporary in nature once the medicine is absorbed and you do not strengthen the muscle it is possible for the irritation to come back hopefully your symptoms will continue to improve follow the recommendations from your doctor and strengthen the mus. ...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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What is a typical wean from corticosteroids? How long does it take?

What is a typical wean from corticosteroids? How long does it take?

Time\and Dose!: We gradually decrease the dose, but my answer may not fit because I don't know your dose and time on it. Generally, if a person is on 20mg/day, we go with 20/15 every other dayfor one week, 20/10 the next, 20/5 the next, then 10/5 and finally 10/0. If you do a taper like this, no problems should ensue. Unless there is a serious need to be on the medication. Check with the dr. Who gave you the rx. ...Read more

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What are the long term affects of corticosteroid injection into lower back. I don't have?

What are the long term affects of corticosteroid injection into lower back. I don't have?

Usually there: Are no side effects from these shots (Epidural Steroid Injections for discogenic pain) since the effect of the cortisone is limited and temporary! \

Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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How long does it generally take for one's body/hormones to regulate after going off a corticosteroid that has been used for the past 4 years?

Not much: So long steroids were tapered right, you might need still stress dosing if going through surgery or if you acquire severe infection for some time after stopping the steroids, more important though are the other effects of steroids on your body, especially eyes and bones, also your blood pressure, and your blood sugar metabolism, you need to keep following with your doctor, and endocrinologist ...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?

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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In case of nasal polyps. A patient should be prescribed nasal corticosteroids for how long??

In case of nasal polyps. A patient should be prescribed nasal corticosteroids for how long??

Polyps: Nasal polyps can be responsive to nasal steroids but it takes larger doses of the nasal steroids. If the nasal steroids do help the polyps and they are stopped there is a good chance that the polyps will regrow. ...Read more

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How long should corticosteroid joint injections last? Had in april and rheumo thinks my daughter should get again

How long should corticosteroid joint injections last? Had in april and rheumo thinks my daughter should get again

3 months, but: 3 months, but injections don't treat the underlying disease. If recurrent need, other treatments may be better. ...Read more

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Do inhaled corticosteroids have a long- term effect on growth and bone density?

Do inhaled corticosteroids have a long- term effect on growth and bone density?

Depends on dose: High doses and/or frequent use can cause growth retardation in children and bone loss.In both children and adults. ...Read more

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I'm 17 yrs f. Is it safe to take corticosteroid shot for iliopsoas snapping. Dr recommended. Side effects? How long does the effect last generally?

Safe, yes: Recommended only after physical therapy, exercise. Problem with snapping iliopsoas is it will come back within a few weeks unless stretching and therapy goes along with it. It is a good recommendation if it is being done to help get you through therapy. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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How long does moon face for corticosteroid use go away, at what dosage?

How long does moon face for corticosteroid use go away, at what dosage?

A few months: Your body makes the equivalent of 12 mg of Prednisone daily. Once the amount of Prednisone you are taking is less than that, say 10 mg, your moon facies should begin to resolve. It should go away faster if you are completely weaned off Prednisone as opposed to remaining on a low dose. Figure 3-12 months depending on individual variation but it will happen. ...Read more

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What are the side effect of taking nasal spray contain corticosteroids for life long?

What are the side effect of taking nasal spray contain corticosteroids for life long?

Nosebleeds: The major side-effect of corticosteroid nasa sprays is nose bleed from directing the spray towards the nasal septum of pushing plastic tip into the nose. Minor effects on children's linear growth & adult bone density have been reported but are rarely clinically noticeable. These sprays may even be used in patients with glaucoma if eye pressures are carefully followed & dose adjustments made. ...Read more

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How long will effects of anxiety from corticosteroids from symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) last?

How long will effects of anxiety from corticosteroids from symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) last?

Until addressed: The package insert for symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) states that nervousness is a result of overuse of symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) and as such should be reported to your physician. It is possible that the dose who are receiving is too high. To not change the dose however without discussing this with the prescribing physician. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How to manage strong side effects of Corticosteroids pills for respiratory sarcodosis and also for long term treatment.

How to manage strong side effects of Corticosteroids pills for respiratory sarcodosis and also for long term treatment.

Steroids: There are non-steroid alternatives to steroids when needed to treat a chronic illness. Ask your doctor about these. Some include plaquenil, methotrexate, imuran, remicade (infliximab) and others. Long term use of steroids can cause many problems but should never be stopped suddenly or without medical supervision but there are alternatives. ...Read more

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Besides affecting your bones. What harm do long term lower dose Corticosteroid use cause?

Besides affecting your bones. What harm do long term lower dose Corticosteroid use cause?

Many: There are many long term side effects of steroid use. Here are some and the mayo clinic website that discusses in greater detail:

Clouding of the lens in one or both eyes (cataracts)
High blood sugar, which can trigger or worsen diabetes
Increased risk of infections
Thinning bones
Suppressed adrenal gland
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/steroids/art-20045692 ...Read more

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Can steroid injection alter effectiveness of pregnant test? Think 4w5d preg. Had corticosteroid in shoulder twice in 2 wks. False neg? How long alters?

Can steroid injection alter effectiveness of pregnant test? Think 4w5d preg. Had corticosteroid in shoulder twice in 2 wks. False neg? How long alters?

Steroid injection: These tests look for production of human chorionic gonandotropin (hcg), a hormone that is produced by the fertilized egg. While there are causes for false positive and negative results I'm not aware of any connection between a cortisone shot to the shoulder and HCG levels. Having said that, speak with your obstetrician about advice relative to use of any medication in early pregnancy. Good luck. ...Read more

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Took corticosteroid longer then recommended, excessive urination 2 months could my cortisol levels be a mess without visually looking like Cushing's?

Took corticosteroid longer then recommended, excessive urination 2 months could my cortisol levels be a mess without visually looking like Cushing's?

Still taking Rx?: You do not have to look like you have Cushing syndrome to have Cushing syndrome. If you are not taking corticosteroids now, you may not have it however.

A likely explanation has to do with blood sugar, not cortisol. Taking corticosteroid may raise your blood sugar, and this can lead to you needing to urinate more often. A simple test could be a urinalysis first. ...Read more

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Do inhaled corticosteroids & nose sprays have the dangers like LONG TERM oral corticosteroids? I have asthma & allergies. I worry about future health

Do inhaled corticosteroids & nose sprays have the dangers like LONG TERM oral corticosteroids? I have asthma & allergies. I worry about future health

Depends on dose: For most but not all inhaled steroid preparations, if the total daily dose exceeds 1000 micrograms, it may be equivalent to taking 5 mg of prednisone daily. However even then the side effects are not usually clinically significant for most people. I usually try to keep my patients' total dose below the 1000 mcg per day but even at a higher dose, the risk/benefit ratio favors inhaled steroid. ...Read more

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He have the injury on the arm with is called I think Corticosteroid this thing he have it a long time ago And now there is some kind of hole in his arm, leg and in his private parts?

He have the injury on the arm with is called I think Corticosteroid this thing he have it a long time ago And now there is some kind of hole in his arm, leg and in his private parts?

Unclear!: Corticosteroid is not an injury, so I am confused. And it is hard to say why an arm injury is causing a hole in other places. I am not sure what you mean by holes either! Consider using Healthtap Prime for a video consult with a doc, which may be more helpful to you, unless you cannot speak English, since the consults can be by text, video or audio. You can also upload pictures there. ...Read more