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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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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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Could corticosteroids have any major side effects?

Could corticosteroids have any major side effects?

Depends on which one: There are categories of steroids. Also if oral or inhalers. Oral ones are generally avoided unless an auto immune issue. Inhalers are for respiratory illnesses and also different potency available. General side effects are voice changes on vocal cord. Thrush if not rinsing well and long term according to studies is possible over many years. One needs to worry about osteoporosis. ...Read more

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Im 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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Why do doctors not tell patients about corticosteroid side effects when prescribing shots for pain relief?

Why do doctors not tell patients about corticosteroid side effects when prescribing shots for pain relief?

Beneficience: A single shot may not be risky. Side-effects are reversible, if they do happen. No drug is absolutely safe and sometimes you do need them when benefit outweighs risk. Generally, side-effects are a rare occurrence with fda approved drugs. ...Read more

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Chemical structure of corticosteroids and testosterone are similar , does T have corticosteroids side effects? Like osteoporosis , edema etc (For HRT)

Chemical structure of corticosteroids and testosterone are similar , does T have corticosteroids side effects? Like osteoporosis , edema etc
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Age 21: You have asked a few questions but I am not sure what issues you have. If you have low testosterone at age 21 you must see an Endocrinologist! Do you have problems with corticosteroids? Can happen but not often at your age. Osteoporosis is very uncommon at your age. Why would you need Hormone replacement therapy at your age? I would appreciate getting more information from you! ...Read more

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My mother has lupus which are the best corticosteroids with the least side effects?

My mother has lupus which are the best corticosteroids with the least side effects?

Variable!: Long acting steroids taken orally will have the greatest cumulative side effects. So, Prednisone would be better than dexamethasone, if given orally. But my approach is to give steroids by giving then IV in large doses, 3x/wk. Response is quite good in a number of studies. This allows me the latitude to use the lowest daily dose after pulsing." but ho-q is the best background maintenance drug. ...Read more

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Can I use a nasal corticosteroid spray for three months or until end of allergy season? Worried about losing its effect or side effects. Thanks.

Yes you can: It is less likely to lose its effect . However you may require leukotriene inhibitors and short time antihistamines for severe exacerbations. ...Read more

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Are oral corticosteroids used as a common treatment for corneal ulcers?

Are oral corticosteroids used as a common treatment for corneal ulcers?

Oral steroids: Due to possible systemic side effects and other available therapies, oral steroids are not commonly used in the treatment of infectious corneal ulcers. If the corneal ulcer is inflammatory in nature, oral steroids are commonly utilized. You need to see an eye doctor as soon as possible for proper evaluation and treatment. ...Read more