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Is taking steroids for autoimmune disorder inflammation going to have long term health effects? Currently taking prednisone.

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Dr. John Goldman
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes long term steroi

Long term prednisone is a corticosteroid.
It his long-term side effects, including bone loss, osteoporosis, diabetes, cataracts, fractures, Ostenecrosis, weight gain, elevated cholesterol, and a variety of others. You need to discuss with your physician, see what medicines you can take to decrease the dose of corticosteroids, you need to see a rheumatologist to help through this

In brief: Yes long term steroi

Long term prednisone is a corticosteroid.
It his long-term side effects, including bone loss, osteoporosis, diabetes, cataracts, fractures, Ostenecrosis, weight gain, elevated cholesterol, and a variety of others. You need to discuss with your physician, see what medicines you can take to decrease the dose of corticosteroids, you need to see a rheumatologist to help through this
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Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Weigh risks/benefits

When prescribing a med which can have significant long-term side effects(for prednisone:osteoporosis,weight gain, hypertension, diabetes),we weigh med's risks vs benefits.
Some autoimmune diseases can cause activity limitations or do substantial/life-threatening damage to the body; prednisone's benefits may outweigh risks. Alternative meds, or meds allowing lower prednisone doses, may be available.

In brief: Weigh risks/benefits

When prescribing a med which can have significant long-term side effects(for prednisone:osteoporosis,weight gain, hypertension, diabetes),we weigh med's risks vs benefits.
Some autoimmune diseases can cause activity limitations or do substantial/life-threatening damage to the body; prednisone's benefits may outweigh risks. Alternative meds, or meds allowing lower prednisone doses, may be available.
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Dr. Shaym Puppala
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Dr. Ronald Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Possibly

It depends on the daily dose and the length of time it is taken.
Short courses are usually not an issue but side effects are often major with long term use.

In brief: Possibly

It depends on the daily dose and the length of time it is taken.
Short courses are usually not an issue but side effects are often major with long term use.
Dr. Ronald Krauser
Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology

In brief: Possibly

Check with your doctor to lessen the risk.

In brief: Possibly

Check with your doctor to lessen the risk.
Dr. Thomas Wright
Dr. Thomas Wright
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