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 dozen acute and chronic conditions as both prescription and over-the counter drugs.
When it comes to serious and potentially debilitating side effects, the method and duration of corticosteroid delivery matters.
Some examples of commonly prescribed systemic corticosteroids:
Because they are absorbed throughout the body, these steroids have the biggest potential for serious long-term health effects.
Systemic corticosteroids are administered orally, by IV, and through some rectal applications and muscular injections. Prednisone, prednisolone, hydrocortisone and dexamethasone
Also known as glucocorticoids because of their effect on glucose metabolism, may also lead to steroid-induced diabetes.
Research has shown steroid-induced diabetes could affect anywhere from 1.5 to 47% of patients taking steroids, depending on a number of variables.
High-dose steroids can also affect vision, causing cataracts and glaucoma, which may require surgery to prevent blindness.
“Oral steroids are horrible drugs in terms of side effects, both acute, when you take them, and long-term…”
Says D. Kyle Hogarth, MD, associate professor of medicine and director of bronchoscopy and of pulmonary rehab at the University of Chicago School of Medicine.
“We need them for certain situations and conditions, but we should be viewing them only as a last resort. Nobody should ever be choosing oral steroids when there’s a better choice.”
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