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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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Taking Antibiotics (Checklist)

Follow the directions on the label
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Take all doses as directed; don't stop when you feel better
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Do not take someone else's antibiotics
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Throw away any leftover antibiotics when you're done
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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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Taking Statins (Checklist)

Consider nighttime dosing to decrease effects of cramping during day
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Get routine labs to monitor your progress and eat well, too!
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Dx adrenal insufficiency secondary to long term corticosteroid use. How long for body to kick in and start to normalize potassium?

Dx adrenal insufficiency secondary to long term corticosteroid use. How long for body to kick in and start to normalize potassium?

Variable: It can take a long time. Did you taper the steroids slowly or just stop cold-turkey. Sometimes totally normal response never returns. Check w/your doctor who can test your system and advise you. ...Read more

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I'm doing a trial off my corticosteroid and have been wheezing at night and early morning, but it doesn't bother me. Can I stay off the medication?

I'm doing a trial off my corticosteroid and have been wheezing at night and early morning, but it doesn't bother me. Can I stay off the medication?

Asthma: Hi, r u able to monitor ur peak expiratory flow rate at home. That could guide u and ur doctor for proper treatment, also it is not normal to wheeze, wheezing means obstruction of small airways which could affect the oxygenation. Please consult with your treating doctor to adjust your medication.
Feel better soon. ...Read more

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Taking Blood Thinners (Checklist)

Take appropriate dose of anticoagulation medication
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Follow up with your treating physician
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Are there any successful non steroid / corticosteroid medication for asthmatics? Answer please!

Are there any successful non steroid / corticosteroid medication for asthmatics? Answer please!

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

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Help! Is "corticosteroid" a drug classification?

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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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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I have decreased kidney function. I require anti-inflammatory RX strength drugs. Which is better choice for my kidneys? NSAIDS or Corticosteroids?

I have decreased kidney function. I require anti-inflammatory RX strength drugs. Which is better choice for my kidneys? NSAIDS or Corticosteroids?

Loaded...: You need to discuss your current medication regimen with a Nephrologist (kidney specialist) or qualified Internist or Family Physician. The Lamictal may be causing aches and pains in and of itself. And it may also affect kidney function. I don't think I would recommend any intervention (NSAID, Corticosteroid) until your medical history is fully taken into account. ...Read more

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If am taking corticosteroids. Will it increase growth hormone?

If am taking corticosteroids. Will it increase growth hormone?

No: Just the opposite, it can cause growth suppression by antagonistic effect to hgh

http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pmc/articles/pmc297190/. ...Read more

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Can you have Cushings without a tumor on pituitary and without taking corticosteroids?

Can you have Cushings without a tumor on pituitary and without taking corticosteroids?

Yes it is possible: Cushing's disease is cushing's symptoms specifically because of a tumor of the pituitary gland. Cushing's syndrome is these same symptoms that result from any other cause. Other causes include chronic corticosteroid use, tumors of the adrenal gland or cancerous tumors from elsewhere in the body. In all cases the problem is excess cortisol levels in the blood. ...Read more

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What should I expect for a corticosteroid shot for iliopsoas snapping since 1.5 yrs. I'm 17 yrs f?

Expect some relief: Typically, one corticosteroid injection will provide some relief. The relief is usually between 50-100% and lasts 2 weeks-several months. I usually give a second injection about 6 weeks later for better results. I assume physical therapy is part of your care program as well. ...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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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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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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What skin conditions is corticosteroids supposed to treat?

What skin conditions is corticosteroids supposed to treat?

Inflamation: They are used to treat topical dermatologic inflammatory issues, such as contact dermatitis for example. ...Read more

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Why is it that corticosteroids can increase blood pressure?

Why is it that corticosteroids can increase blood pressure?

Steroids: Fluid retention, weight gain, affects from the adrenal glands and this by-product trigger increased salt retained which increases blood pressure, and many other mechanisms. ...Read more