If you’re taking steroid tablets continuously you should be under the care of a respiratory specialist. You may need a one off, short course to help you treat an asthma attack. This is important for your recovery, and unlikely to cause harmful side effects.

  • However, if you are concerned about any conflicts of information, please discuss with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.
  • Others, such as getting a rounder face, happen after weeks or months.
  • More seriously it can also cause stomach ulcers which can bleed and cause you to vomit blood.
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Lots of foods are labelled “low-fat” but in fact contain high levels of sugar. Never stop taking prescribed medication unless your doctor or specialist has told you to. If you need to take both medications, you may be given a medication called a proton pump inhibitor (PPI). Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are a group of commonly used painkillers. Anticonvulsants are medicines used to prevent seizures (fits). Steroid tablets may be recommended if you’re pregnant and have severe asthma.

Less common side effects

Its effect on some of these processes can lead to weigh gain. In many countries, including the UK, US and in Europe, steroids may be offered to pregnant women at risk of giving birth before their baby has reached full term (after 37 weeks). The injected steroid treatment helps to prepare their unborn baby’s lungs, which mature late in development, and can reduce the risk of respiratory illnesses linked with preterm birth. Dexamethasone or prednisolone may be prescribed along with other drugs in treating your condition.

  • If you develop any severe infection (including chicken pox, measles or shingles) while taking steroids, please tell your doctor immediately.
  • The HIV medication may increase the level of corticosteroid in your body.
  • Depending on which condition you have and what dose you’re prescribed, you may notice an improvement in your symptoms within a few days.
  • This is because your blood sugar levels should go back to a healthy range once you have finished your course of steroids.

Even when people with DMD stop walking, the benefits of steroids to their heart, breathing, and spine continue, and the steroids can also help maintain use of their arms. There is no consensus as to when steroids should be stopped. This decision will need to be made on an individual basis with a discussion between the patient, their family, and their doctor.

Oral steroids

If you are being sick or vomiting and cannot keep medicines down, you must call medical services and make them aware that you are on long term steroid treatment. Your doctor will check for medical conditions which would stop them giving you steroid treatment, or make you more likely to get side effects. Steroid tablets are taken orally (by mouth), usually once a day. Other oral steroid tablet treatments are Dexamethasone and Hydrocortisone. These steroids are used much less commonly to treat chronic chest conditions. These can be treated by giving you steroid treatment at much higher levels than your own body would normally produce.

  • After 2-4 weeks, we expect that a single dose of injected steroid will have been fully excreted from the body.
  • You can usually drink alcohol while taking steroid tablets, but do not drink too much as this may irritate your stomach.
  • Do not stop taking corticosteroids suddenly if you have been taking them for more than three weeks.
  • Never use steroids without a prescription from your vet, they can be harmful if used incorrectly.

Additionally, taking steroids by mouth suppresses the body’s ability to produce steroids, so children with DMD may need additional steroids in times of stress like severe illnesses or surgery. Rare side effects include raised blood pressure, glucose intolerance (diabetes), thinning of the skin, poor wound healing, increased infections, increased sweating, and dizziness. We strongly encourage you to continue doing as much exercise as you are able. This will help to keep you fit and helps to reduce the chance of side effects of the steroid treatment like muscle weakness and osteoporosis. A very small amount of prednisolone can cross into your milk and to your baby. This has not been shown to cause any problems for your child at doses of prednisolone up to 40 mg a day.

This can help treat autoimmune conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, which are caused by the immune system mistakenly attacking the body. You usually take steroid tablets or liquids at set times each day for a number of days or weeks. It is important to make sure you know how long to take them for. Take them exactly as your doctor, nurse or pharmacist explains. Do not stop taking them without talking to your doctor first. Don’t be tempted to skip meals, especially breakfast, as you are likely to snack on high-fat/calorie foods instead.

Steroid-induced diabetes

Your dose of diabetes medication may then need to be adjusted. Anticoagulant medicines are medications that make the blood less sticky. They’re often prescribed to people with a history of blood clots or an increased risk of developing them. Your dose may need to be reduced slowly over a few weeks or months. If you’ve been taking corticosteroids for a while, you may also need tests before you stop taking them.

This means that the effects of either medicine can be altered. Steroids that are injected into muscles and joints may cause some pain and swelling at the site of the injection. A high dose of inhaled steroids can sometimes cause more serious side effects but this is rare. Corticosteroids are powerful medications that can sometimes have side effects. There’s no evidence to suggest that using a steroid inhaler during pregnancy increases the risk of problems like birth defects. You can usually continue to use this as normal while you’re pregnant.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

Never use steroids without a prescription from your vet, they can be harmful if used incorrectly. Contact your vet if your pet has been prescribed steroids and is showing any of the side effects listed above. If you run low or run out of steroids by accident it’s very important to contact your vet ASAP. If you are on a low dose of prednisolone, then you may be suitable for the shingles vaccine.

Prednisolone tablets and liquid

Steroids can stop your body from making the hormone cortisol. The risk of getting some of these will increase depending on the dose and how long you take them. You can also  freeze it as it is then add the additional ingredients when you defrost a portion to heat up. The NHS has more information about diabetes, and how you can lower your risk of developing it.

Low birth weight

We cannot provide detailed financial or benefits advice or specialist emotional support. Steroid tablets may not be suitable in these cases, although your doctor may recommend them if they think the benefits outweigh any risks. Your doctor may reduce your dose or suggest taking your tablets less often (for example, every other day) if you’re having side effects. Taking too many steroid tablets over a long period can make you more likely to get side effects. Try to avoid shallow breathing since this encourages the diaphragm to remain in a high position, which prevents the connective ligaments of the liver from relaxing and makes a stitch more likely. To some extent steroids make your metabolism a bit more sluggish, and they can unmask a tendency for someone to become diabetic.