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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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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Obesity (Definition)

The definition started with Louis Israel Dublin, chief statistician of the Metropolitan life insurance company, in the early 1940s, as a BMI >25 (definitely >30) for people in their 20's based on retrospective observational life insurance data of the age at which people died later in life. This was subsequently adopted by the medical disease industry. However, BMI is ...Read more


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Is corticosteroid a drug classification? Please advise!

Is corticosteroid a drug classification? Please advise!

Corticosteroids: The adrenal corticosteroids, both naturally occurring and synthetic, are widely used for their potent anti-inflammatory properties. They have a stronger anti-inflammatory effect than the NSAIDs, are more rapidly acting, and predictably more effective. ...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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What can I use to get corticosteroid out of scalp?

See detail answer: Was the corticosteroid injected into the scalp or just applied as a topical cream? In either case they do not take there very long so you do not have to remove them. ...Read more

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What are the uses of corticosteroid or methotrexate?

What are the uses of corticosteroid or methotrexate?

Many: Steroids are used for inflammation, rashes, prior to chemotherapy, treatment of autoimmune disorders. Methotrexate is used for autoimmune disorders and for treatment of certain cancers. ...Read more

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Is it okay to get a corticosteroid shot while pregnant?

Is it okay to get a corticosteroid shot while pregnant?

Talk to your Doc: The use of any medication involves risk. The use of a medication in pregnancy involve some added risk b/c of the fetus. The decision to use a medication in pregnancy needs to be balanced between the risk of the medication used and the risk of not using the medication. ...Read more

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Why is it that corticosteroids can increase blood pressure?

Why is it that corticosteroids can increase blood pressure?

Unknown: Know one really knows why steroids cause high blood pressure in some people however, this effect may be caused by interactions with a cellular protein called proliferation-activation receptor Alpha (ppar-alpha). Persons who take steroids can also develop diabetes, bone loss cararacts, glaucoms or multiple other side effects from long term medication use. ...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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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Corticosteroid Drug (Definition)

Corticosteroids are a kind of ...Read more