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What are the long term negative effects for hydrocortisone or prednisone? I know one is longer acting but what negative side effects do each have?

What are the long term negative effects for hydrocortisone or prednisone? I know one is longer acting but what negative side effects do each have?

Similar, minor diffe: The long term side effects are numerous depending on the individuals, duration, and dose. Major ones: Osteoporosis, cataract, diabetes, hypertension, adrenal suppression (stop working altogether) . Some may have glaucoma. Weight gain at the belly and face, acne etc. Some immune suppression can be expect with high doses for months. Prednisone has less sodium-retention effects (less low potassium) ...Read more

Dr. Tony Willson
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Hydrocortisone (Definition)

Cortisone is a naturally produced hormone in the body, produced by the adrenal glands. It is often used as a potent medication for inflammatory disease. In serious cases, it is a "wonder" drug, and can be life saving. However, long and continuous use can cause many serious and uncomfortable side effects. Hydrocortisone is a topical skin variety and much ...Read more


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What are the long term side effects of cortizone (hydrocortisone) shots to the hip?

What are the long term side effects of cortizone (hydrocortisone) shots to the hip?

Many: Elevated pressure in the eyes (glaucoma) fluid retention, causing swelling in your lower legs increased blood pressure mood swings weight gain, with fat deposits in your abdomen, face and the back of your neck when taking oral corticosteroids longer term, you may experience: clouding of the lens in one or both eyes (cataracts) high blood sugar. ...Read more

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Can i get systematic effects from long term use of cortizone (hydrocortisone) 10 otc?

Can i get systematic effects from long term use of cortizone (hydrocortisone) 10 otc?

Cortisone: Depending on where you are applying it, the surface area is significant. And what do you consider long term use? ...Read more

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What are the long term affects of using mild hydrocortisone cream on face?

What are the long term affects of using mild hydrocortisone cream on face?

Steroids on the face: Topical steroid use on the face can be associated with scarring and discoloration. Hydrocortisone is a low potency steroid which is safe to use sparingly for short periods of time. ...Read more

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Is hydrocortisone cream carcinogenic with long term use??

Is hydrocortisone cream carcinogenic with long term use??

No: However, overuse on the skin can lead to thinning of the layers of cells at the site and breakdown of the surface. Any med strong enough to do some good will have some potential side effects. ...Read more

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How many days is consider long term use of hydrocortisone 1% on baby 4month.Doctor say apply affected area 2 a day.He has eczema.Keep coming back?

See allergist: Hydrocortisone applied on large portion of the body on a regular basis will likely cause systemic side effects given that the basic problem of eczema is an impairment in skin barrier function. You should consult an allergist to manage the eczema since the problem is unlikely to improve at least for a few years. In the meanwhile, be sure to apply moisturizer on the skin within 3 mins after bathing. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get over effects of hydrocortisone after pituitary surgery. I have been taking it for 6 weeks. Now I am told i can stop it.

How long does it take to get over effects of hydrocortisone after pituitary surgery. I have been taking it for 6 weeks. Now I am told i can stop it.

Hydrocortisone: It can take several weeks to months to get pass the side effects - you need to be tapered off the medication slowly over several days to weeks. ...Read more

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How long will the effects of a cortizone (hydrocortisone) shot in my hip to help with inflamation from sarcoidosis last?

How long will the effects of a  cortizone (hydrocortisone) shot in my hip to help with inflamation from sarcoidosis last?

It is variable: The effect depends on the severity of inflammation, the specific preparation and dose of the steroid that was injected and your response. The medication that is injected is not cortisone; it is a cortisone-like medication, usually much more potent. ...Read more

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How long can I safely use OTC hydrocortisone on my face?

Yes.: You may use otc Hydrocortisone on the face for a short period of time such as 1 - 2 weeks. Avoid the eyes. ...Read more

Dr. Ramachandran Srinivasan
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