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Doctor insights on: Natural Alternatives To Corticosteroids

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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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Corticosteroids work in any bad way?

Corticosteroids work in any bad way?

They can: If taken for long periods of time, steroids have several potential side effects including hypertension, diabetes, osteoporosis, hastening cataract formation, weight gain and others. These drugs need to be carefully and routinely monitored. ...Read more

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Could a person get corticosteroids otc?

Could a person get corticosteroids otc?

Of course: Hydrocortisone is the active ingredient of the over-the-counter topical corticosteroid. Always ask your doctor for more information about medication and your individual situation. ...Read more

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How do corticosteroids get administered?

How do corticosteroids get administered?

Cream shots pills: As cream or gel. As shots into the skin and for extensive severe problems orally. ...Read more

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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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Please tell me, could one get corticosteroids otc?

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

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Do tropical corticosteroids cause weight fluctuations?

Do tropical corticosteroids cause weight fluctuations?

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

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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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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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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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What sort of disease is a corticosteroid imbalance?

What sort of disease is a corticosteroid imbalance?

Not a diagnosis: But there can be excess or deficiency of cortisol in the body and both of these conditions come with specific signs and symptoms and just to clarify there is no such thing as " adrenal fatigue". ...Read more

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What might happen if I suddenly discontinue corticosteroid administration?

What might happen if I suddenly discontinue corticosteroid administration?

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

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Is it safe to take a corticosteroid everyday?

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

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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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Which corticosteroid ointment is best for eczema.

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

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Why should you use bronchodilator before corticosteroid?

Why should you use bronchodilator before corticosteroid?

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

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Can using too much bronchodilator and corticosteroid be harmful?

Can using too much bronchodilator and corticosteroid be harmful?

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