What is Steroids?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: oral steroids Pulse Steroids

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Steroids include estrogen, cortisol, progesterone, and testosterone.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Multiple sclerosis 30 5
Improve mobility 4 2
Blurry vision 3 1
Inflammation 3 1
Balance problems 2 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
6
Moderate
5
Mild
8
None
2

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Steroids

Side effect Patients
Insomnia 2
Loose bowel movements 2
Migraine headaches 2
Mood swings 2
Weight gain 2
Anxious mood 1

Show all 20 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Steroids

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 1
100 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Steroids

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 38
Did not seem to work 6
Doctor's advice 6
Other 5
Side effects too severe 4
Personal research 1
See all 47 patients who've stopped taking Steroids

Duration

Currently taking Steroids

Duration Patients
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Steroids

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 37
1 - 6 months 7
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 17
Usually 1
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 4
Not at all hard to take 10
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 14
Not specified 3

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Steroids and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Cyclosporine ophthalmic (Restasis) 1
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 1
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3 patient evaluations for Steroids

Aug 10, 2011 (Started Aug 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for sciatic neuralgia)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for herniated disc)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Oral steroids do not provide long term pain relief from sciatic pain. For me, they did not provide even short term pain relief. I suggest not trying them for sciatic pain.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 5, 2010 (Started Jul 28, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for optic neuritis right eye)
  • Side effects
    Severe (mood swings)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: mood swings

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 24, 2008 (Started Nov 10, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 1 mEq/L Daily
Cost: $200+ monthly

  • 1 helpful mark
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