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Corticosteroids - Dosage - Side Effects - Interactions - Warnings

Corticosteroids (glucocorticoids, steroids) drug information, dosage, side effects, drug interactions, and warnings. Corticosteroids, also called glucocorticoids or just "steroids", are powerful drugs that can quickly reduce inflammation and pain. To maximize benefits, but minimize potential side effects, corticosteroids are usually prescribed in low doses or for short durations.
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  3. A - Z: Joint Pain
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  5. Betamethasone (Celestone) (18)
  6. Budesonide (Entocort EC) (17)
  7. Cortisone (Cortone) (19)
  8. Dexamethasone (Decadron) (18)
  9. Drug-Induced Osteoporosis
  10. Hydrocortisone (Cortef) (18)
  11. Methylprednisolone (Medrol) (18)
  12. Prednisolone (Prelone) (17)
  13. Prednisone (Deltasone) (23)
  14. Steroid Injections / Shots
  15. Triamcinolone (Kenalog) (20)

Facts About Corticosteroids (Steroids)
Corticosteroids are powerful drugs which can improve arthritis dramatically, if administered within proper guidelines.

10 Things You Should Know About Prednisone
Prednisone should be used at the lowest effective dose for arthritis.

Medrol Dosepack (Medrol Dosepak) - What You Need to Know
Medrol can be given in a tapering dose over a 6-day period. For ease of use, it is sold as the Medrol dosepack (dosepak).

The Prednisone Quiz - True or False?
Prednisone is a potent medication which is used to treat many inflammatory conditions including rheumatoid arthritis. It is important to know the proper use of the drug and be aware of the potential serious side effects. Consult your doctor if you have questions. How much do you know about prednisone? Take the quiz.

How to Manage Weight Gain From Prednisone
What can you do to control weight gain associated with corticosteroid use?

Prednisone - Benefits vs. Risks Of Longterm Prednisone Use
Prednisone is a potent medications used to control symptoms of arthritis but there are potential side effects with longterm use.

What Are Steroids?
Learn basic facts about steroids (corticosteroids).

Are Cortisone Injections Painful?
Is it painful to get a cortisone injection?

What You Need to Know About Steroid Drug-Induced Osteoporosis
Glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis is both preventable and treatable. Glucocorticoids (steroids) are the most common cause of drug-induced osteoporosis.

Does Prednisone Tapering Minimize Withdrawal?
Tapering the dose of steroids minimizes corticosteroid withdrawal symptoms.

What's The Difference Between Anabolic Steroids And Corticosteroids?
The term steroids is often misunderstood. Corticosteroids (a class of drugs used to treat arthritis and many other conditions) are often just called "steroids". So what's in a name? Confusion results when they are mistaken for anabolic steroids (drugs used by athletes to boost strength and enhance physical performance). What is the difference between anabolic steroids and corticosteroids?

When are steroid injections indicated as a treatment for arthritis?
Corticosteroids are used to treat inflammation and arthritis. When are local steroid injections indicated?

Review: Coping With Prednisone And Other Cortisone-Related Medicines
Prednisone was first thought to be a miracle drug but then the dark side became apparent.

Study: Longterm Use of Low-Dose Glucocorticoids Increases Mortality
Study shows longterm use of low-dose glucocorticoids increases mortality in rheumatoid arthritis patients.

Exogenous adrenal insufficiency (drug-induced adrenal insufficiency)
Steroids such as betamethasone, cortisone, dexamethasone, hydrocortisone, methylprednisolone, prednisolone and prednisone are similar to hormones produced by the adrenal glands and are used to treat arthritis. If steroids are stopped or decreased too quickly, the adrenal glands cannot begin making their own hormones again fast enough and symptoms of adrenal insufficiency result.

Corticosteroids overdose
Poisoning from an overdose of corticosteroids.

Cushings syndrome - exogenous
Exogenous Cushing's syndrome is a form of Cushing's syndrome caused by administration of glucocorticoids (also called corticosteroids) hormones, such as betamethasone, cortisone, dexamethasone, hydrocortisone, methylprednisolone, prednisolone and prednisone. (Illustration)

Hypothalamus hormone production
The hypothalamus is an area of the brain that produces the "controlling" hormones. These hormones regulate body processes such as metabolism, and control the release of hormones from glands like the thyroid, the adrenals and the gonads (testes or ovaries).

Buffalo hump - Hump behind the shoulders
A lump of fat on the back of the neck(cervicodorsal) called a buffalo hump by itself is not a sign of any one, specific condition. It must be considered in light of other symptoms and test results. Common causes include extended use of some steroids (glucocorticoids such as prednisone, cortisone, and hydrocortisone) and hypercortisolism (caused by Cushing's syndrome).

Cushing's syndrome
Cushing's syndrome is a disease caused by increased production of cortisol or by excessive use of cortisol or other steroid hormones. Cushing's syndrome can be caused by a tumor or by long-term use of corticosteroids (drugs commonly used to treat conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis).

Acute adrenal crisis
Acute adrenal crisis is a life-threatening state caused by insufficient levels of cortisol. Risk factors for adrenal crisis include physical stress such as infection, trauma or surgery, adrenal gland or pituitary gland injury, and premature termination of treatment with steroids such as prednisone or hydrocortisone.

Corticosteroid Converter
Calculate equivalent dosages of various corticosteroids. Easy-to-use conversion tool, from GlobalRPh.com.

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