What is Steroid Injections?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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See also: Epidural Steroid Injection

Steroids (short for corticosteroids) decrease inflammation and reduce the activity of the immune system. They can be given systemically into the vein or the muscle or may be given locally by directing the injected medication into a specific area of inflammation.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Back pain 15 9
Pain 14 4
Inflammation 5 1
Joint pain 3 2
Stiffness/spasticity 3 0

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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 1
Moderate 3
Mild 2
None 9

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Steroid Injections

Side effect Patients
Eye floaters 1
Facial swelling/puffiness 1
Optic nerve inflammation (optic neuritis) 1
Pain 1
Pain in hip(s) 1
Tenderness 1

Show all 8 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Steroid Injections

Dosage Patients
1 mg every 3 weeks 1
1other as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Steroid Injections

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Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 14
Did not seem to work 9
Side effects too severe 3
Doctor's advice 2
Expense 2
Other 2
Personal research 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
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Duration

Currently taking Steroid Injections

Duration Patients
5 - 10 years 2

Stopped taking Steroid Injections

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 20
6 months - 1 year 5
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 13
Usually 1
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 5
Not at all hard to take 2
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 2
< $25 4
Not specified 8

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Steroid Injections and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Prednisone (Deltasone) 1
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2 patient evaluations for Steroid Injections

Jan 20, 2010 (Started )

  • Effectiveness
    None (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for hands tingling)
  • Side effects
    Severe (weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Advice & Tips: Medication administered by physician one time. Extreme weight gain.
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: weight gain

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 23, 2008 (Started Jul 28, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 2 mL One time

Aug 20, 2008 (Started Jul 28, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 2 mL One time

  • 0 helpful marks
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