Corticosteroids Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance PAPAA

Corticosteroids Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance PAPAA

Physiotherapy can improve the function of the muscles once the pain and stiffness have subsided which, hopefully, is the case with you now that you are on medication. Exercising little and often will make your muscles strong, helping reduce any wastage, keep appearances up, maintain balance and co-ordination and increase your energy levels. A Unfortunately, one of the recognised side effects of prednisolone is increased appetite leading to weight gain, so finding ways to curb your appetite is important. As it can be difficult to be sure if TA is also present in polymyalgia, many doctors play safe and go for the higher dose to treat PMR.

In a study of more than a quarter of a million births, researchers found an association between steroid treatment – used to help an unborn baby’s lungs develop – and reduced birth weight. The association was found to be independent of whether the babies were actually born premature or at full term. If your child hasn’t had chicken pox, and is in direct contact with a child who has chicken pox, or develops it within 48 hours, contact the hospital immediately.

A People who are active and otherwise not overweight can find fat accumulating on their stomachs. These few inches around the waist can increase the risk of damage in the arteries, even if body weight is within the normal range. Use the diary to look at your eating patterns and identify the times when you eat most or are likely to snack on higher-calorie foods. If you continue to gain weight, it might be worth joining a slimming group to give you some support or asking your GP if you can be referred to a dietitian for more advice.

Irritation to stomach lining

For example, some manufacturers may recommend, in the patient information leaflet, that a medicine is not given to children aged under 12 years. If your child does have chicken pox, their steroid doses may need to be stopped. Our adrenal and reproductive glands naturally produce hormonal substances called steroids. There are many types of steroids and all have different effects on the body.

  • Therefore, measuring blood pressure and screening those patients with echocardiogram and serum calcium is recommended.
  • If your child hasn’t had chicken pox, and is in direct contact with a child who has chicken pox, or develops it within 48 hours, contact the hospital immediately.
  • If symptoms carry on, ask your doctor if you may benefit from taking an additional medicine to protect your stomach.
  • However, prolonged treatment at high doses can cause problems in some people.
  • Some people find they become fatigued when they’re withdrawn from steroids.

Talk to your doctor or nurse about effective contraception before starting your cancer treatment. Let them know straight away if you or your partner falls pregnant while having treatment. You might have liver changes that are usually mild and unlikely to cause symptoms.

Growth problems in children

You might have noticed this if you have had a cut or wound on your skin. Steroids won’t cure your condition, but they’re very good at reducing inflammation and will ease symptoms such as swelling, pain and stiffness. These side effects tend to occur only after long-term use or with high doses.

Carrying a steroid card

However, prolonged treatment at high doses can cause problems in some people. But your sugar levels usually go back to normal shortly after you stop taking steroids. Because steroids can cause you to put on weight or have an increased appetite, it’s important to keep an eye on your weight while taking them. Making sensible food choices and including some physical activity in your daily routine should help you avoid putting on weight.

Raised blood pressure (hypertension)

Talk to your doctor or another member of your healthcare team for advice tailored to your situation. In our 35th year we’re asking people to donate £35 – that’s just £1 for every year we’ve been providing life-changing information. Any donation you make helps us continue our work towards a world where HIV is no longer a threat to health or happiness.

Your cancer type

You’re less likely to get side effects if you take a relatively low dose of prednisolone daily. A clinical trial where neither the researchers nor participants know which assigned treatment an individual participant in the trial is taking until after the end of the trial. Intravenous stress dose hydrocortisone and diflucan were given, serum total calcium normalized and oral thrush improved.

In these cases, you may be more likely to develop troublesome side effects. The recommended course of treatment largely depends on weighing up the benefits of corticosteroids against the side effects. In these situations, you will only be prescribed oral corticosteroids if the benefits of treatment outweigh any potential risks.


If you’re already taking steroid tablets, ask your doctor or a pharmacist for advice before taking any other medicines, remedies or supplements. You may be given a blue steroid treatment card that explains how you can reduce the risk of side effects. On average, preterm babies whose mother’s received steroid treatment weighed 220 grams less than infants who had not received treatment. The weight difference was 141 grams for near term babies and 89 grams for full-term babies.

Prednisolone tablets and liquid

If you have periods, these may become irregular or stop during treatment. Periods usually return to normal once treatment has finished. This also depends on what other cancer treatments you have, such as chemotherapy. You may gain weight, or your face, ankles and legs may swell.