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Corticosteroid Adverse Events Risk Increases With Longer Use

Corticosteroid Adverse Events Risk Increases With Longer Use

Using corticosteroids for the long term may increase the risk of adverse events compared to occasional use, according to a new study published in the journal Current Medical Research and Opinion. Researchers collected data from a privately-insured administrative database where they analyzed 78,704 patients who were diagnosed with an autoimmune…

Oral Steroid Meds Ineffective for Chest Infections

Oral Steroid Meds Ineffective for Chest Infections

Doctors should not prescribe oral corticosteroids, such as prednisolone, to adults without asthma who have an acute lower respiratory tract infection — a “chest infection” such as bronchitis –- because they don’t relieve the severity of symptoms or shorten the time a patient experiences them. Researchers in England studied about…

Serious Side Effects Associated with Short-Term Corticosteroid Use

Serious Side Effects Associated with Short-Term Corticosteroid Use

People who took corticosteroids even for a relatively short period of time were more likely to break a bone, have a blood clot or develop sepsis compared to those who didn’t take the medication, according to results of a new study. Researchers examined data from 1.5 million non-elderly American adults….

Long-Term Effects of Corticosteroids

Long-Term Effects of Corticosteroids

Corticosteroids are used to treat many different medical conditions, from rheumatoid arthritis to allergies to lupus and more. The prescribed medicines include: Celestone (betamethasone), Cortone (cortisone acetate), Decadron/Hexadrol (dexamethasone), Acticort/Aristocort/Cortef (hydrocortisone), Medrol (methylprednisolone), Prelone (prednisolone) and Deltasone/Sterapred (prednisone). Some concerns patients have over long-term side effects of corticosteroids include: uclers…

Corticosteroids

Corticosteroids

Corticosteroids are often used in the treatment of joint pain or inflammation (arthritis), as well as irritable bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease), skin diseases, allergies, asthma and even brain tumors. However, this class of drugs can cause many complications. Knowing and understanding the facts can improve corticosteroid use….

Corticosteroids Are Bad for Bones (and Health)

Corticosteroids Are Bad for Bones (and Health)

Not all steroids make you stronger. Some commonly prescribed forms of this powerful class of drug might actually make you weaker, especially when it comes to your bones. With strong anti-inflammatory and immuno-suppressant properties, corticosteroids, the legal kind of “steroids,” have been prescribed since the 1950s to treat more than…

A Guide to Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs

A Guide to Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs

A comprehensive guide to rheumatoid arthritis drugs Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder that causes fluid to build up in the small joints of the hands, wrists, elbows, ankles, feet and knees. Over time, the inflammation from this excess fluid destroys cartilage and bone, which causes joints to become…

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