What is Corticosteroids?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Corticosteroids are a class of steroid hormones that are produced in the adrenal cortex. Corticosteroids are involved in a wide range of physiologic systems such as stress response, immune response and regulation of inflammation, carbohydrate metabolism, protein catabolism, blood electrolyte levels, and behavior.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Multiple sclerosis 4 2
Burning sensation in skin 3 2
Erythema nodosum 3 1
Delayed pressure urticaria 2 0
Retrobulbar optic neuritis 2 0
Rheumatoid arthritis 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
2
Moderate
0
Mild
1
None
5

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Corticosteroids

Side effect Patients
Emotional sensitivity 1
Insomnia 1
Muscle and joint pain 1
Pain in legs 1
Pain in lower back 1
Swelling in lower legs 1

Show all 7 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Corticosteroids

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 1
20 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Corticosteroids

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 17
Doctor's advice 3
Side effects too severe 2
Did not seem to work 1
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Duration

Currently taking Corticosteroids

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Corticosteroids

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

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Corticosteroids after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Blood test (Thyroid Blood Test) 1
Ketorolac (Toradol) 1
Triamcinolone (Nasacort AQ) 1
X-rays (Chest X-ray) 1
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3 patient evaluations for Corticosteroids

Jul 19, 2008 (Started Jul 17, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (emotional sensitivity, pain in legs, pain in lower back)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 250 mg Daily
Side effects: emotional sensitivity, pain in lower back, pain in legs, pain in lower back, pain in legs

  • 1 helpful mark

Apr 29, 2008 (Started Jul 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for burning sensation in skin)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 80 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Please stick to diet and exercise!And you must take calcium-D!

  • 1 helpful mark

Dec 28, 2005 (Started Dec 14, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for doctor advice)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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