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Prednisone: The Steroid That Can Make You Feel Crazy

Prednisone: The Steroid That Can Make You Feel Crazy

All medicines come with side effects, some good, some bad. The corticosteroid prednisone is no exception. Prednisone has life-saving anti-inflammatory properties. But this miraculous drug is also known to have sinister side effects. Most doctors will warn patients about weight gain, body hair growth, insomnia, acne, nausea, headache and redistribution…

Twitter Helps Identify Side Effects of Steroids

Twitter Helps Identify Side Effects of Steroids

When it comes to taking steroid medication, people seem to be more concerned with minor side effects than major ones. Researchers from the University of Manchester examined more than 20,000 Twitter posts on prednisone or prednisolone, both commonly prescribed steroid. Those posts indicated people are more worried about the minor…

Steroid Injections Not Effective Long Term for Knee Pain

Steroid Injections Not Effective Long Term for Knee Pain

Getting regular steroid injections is not effective for reducing knee pain over the long-term and may lead to cartilage reduction. Getting a corticosteroid shot every month or few months is commonly used to deal with knee osteoarthritis. While that may be effective for short-term relief of pain, researchers say receiving…

Steroid Injections Provide No Long-Term Relief for Lower Back Pain

Steroid Injections Provide No Long-Term Relief for Lower Back Pain

Getting steroid injections to alleviate lower back pain only offers short-term relief. Researchers in France examined 145 patients that complained of lower back pain. On average, they suffered from back pain for 6 years. Some of the participants received a steroid injection, while others received no treatment. Patients were asked…

Steroids No Better Than Placebo for Sciatica Pain

Steroids No Better Than Placebo for Sciatica Pain

Doctors often prescribe steroid pills to ease the discomfort of sciatica — back and leg pain usually caused by a herniated disk in the lower back. Researchers from Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center in California randomly assigned 269 people with sciatica to take an oral steroid (prednisone) or a…

4 Quotes to Spark Conversations and Action

1. ‘We don’t perform trials over the course of 10 years to see what our [drug] decisions now mean for later.’— 1 Drug or 2? – Parents See Risk But Also Hope, New York Times, November 15, 2014 Why not? And if we haven’t until now, what is the excuse…

Steroids May Not Be Wise Choice for Intensive-Care Patients

Steroids May Not Be Wise Choice for Intensive-Care Patients

According to a new study, intensive-care unit patients who receive steroids have a greater chance of developing delirium. Intensive-care unit patients usually receive steroids to treat septic shock and inflammation. Research has shown that patients were 52 percent more likely to develop delirium if they received steroids. Previous research found…

Unnecessary Risk for What Benefit?

I’ve just learned about a drug called dexamethasone (dex). It’s a male steroid that the FDA has approved for several uses — but not for use prenatally. In fact, given the disastrous history of DES, a female hormone that crossed the placental barrier causing a raft of issues for the…

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