What is Cortisone Injection?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Cortisone is a steroid hormone and along with adrenaline is one of the main stress hormones associated with the "fight or flight" response to stressors. Cortisone can be administered by injection for a variety of indications and functions as an immune suppressant.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Joint pain 48 29
Pain 39 19
Pain in hips 39 12
Back pain 12 6
Pain in lower back 9 8

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 14
Moderate 17
Mild 14
None 61

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Cortisone Injection

Side effect Patients
Injection site pain 4
Pain 4
Achiness 2
Elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia) 2
Temporary increased pain 2
Weight gain 2

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Cortisone Injection

Dosage Patients
50mg/mL as needed 3
50 mg every 3 months 2
1 mL every 3 months 1
1 other every 3 months 1
1 mg every 3 weeks 1
150 mg yearly 1
50 mg monthly 1
200 mL every 3 months 1
100 mL every 6 months 1
1other as needed 1

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Why patients stopped taking Cortisone Injection

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Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 46
Did not seem to work 19
Doctor's advice 13
Other 12
Side effects too severe 11
Expense 3
Change in health plan coverage 1
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Duration

Currently taking Cortisone Injection

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Cortisone Injection

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 76
1 - 6 months 14
6 months - 1 year 15
1 - 2 years 11
2 - 5 years 5
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 78
Usually 9
Sometimes 10
Never taken as prescribed 9
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 12
Somewhat hard to take 24
A little hard to take 24
Not at all hard to take 46
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 5
$100-199 1
$50-99 4
$25-49 7
< $25 31
Not specified 58

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Cortisone Injection after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox) 1

Patients stopped taking Cortisone Injection and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Infliximab (Remicade) 1
Rituximab (Rituxan) 1
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6 patient evaluations for Cortisone Injection

Dec 28, 2016 (Started Feb 03, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bursitis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (hard to walk for 48 hours because of injection pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Side effects: hard to walk for 48 hours because of injection pain

Aug 11, 2015 (Started Feb 03, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bursitis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (hard to walk for 48 hours because of injection pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: IT'S THE MOST PAINFUL INJECTION I HAVE EVER HAD.
Side effects: hard to walk for 48 hours because of injection pain

Aug 16, 2014 (Started Feb 03, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bursitis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (hard to walk for 48 hours because of injection pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: After many years, the pain of the injection is still very bad; but now the more I had the injections the longer I can go between getting them. I now can go for months between injections. Thank goodness!
Side effects: hard to walk for 48 hours because of injection pain

Sep 15, 2012 (Started Feb 03, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bursitis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (hard to walk for 48 hours because of injection pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: The injections are still excruciatingly painful and I can barely walk the next day; but after that I am almost pain free which is wonderful!
Side effects: hard to walk for 48 hours because of injection pain

Jul 14, 2012 (Started Feb 03, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bursitis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (hard to walk for 48 hours because of injection pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Side effects: hard to walk for 48 hours because of injection pain

Sep 4, 2010 (Started Feb 03, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bursitis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (hard to walk for 48 hours because of injection pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Side effects: hard to walk for 48 hours because of injection pain

Dec 13, 2009 (Started Feb 03, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bursitis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (hard to walk for 48 hours because of injection pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: It is one of the most painful injections I have ever had, and I can barely walk for two days after it; but then the pain is gone and my right hip and leg are pain-free. I was going every three weeks, and now it has been three MONTHS, and I am going in for another injection. After three years of constant severe pain in my hip and leg, I am overjoyed to be pain-free in those areas.
Side effects: hard to walk for 48 hours because of injection pain

Oct 1, 2009 (Started Feb 03, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bursitis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (hard to walk for 48 hours because of injection pain)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I have bursitis in my rt hip and pain in my right lower back because of the way my right leg and foot turn due to dystonia & PD. That is what caused the bursitis which is excruciatingly painful. I go for cortisone injections as needed for the pain which averages 3-5 weeks. The injection itself is VERY painful, and I can barely walk for 48 hours, but then I have VERY LITTLE pain in my back & leg.
Side effects: hard to walk for 48 hours because of injection pain

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Nov 21, 2013 (Started May 01, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for joint pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for rotator cuff pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: worked well the first week or so but then the pain started to come back

May 22, 2013 (Started May 01, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for rotator cuff pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for joint pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: The day right after the injection was bad. My shoulder and arm hurt a lot but after that the pain was gone. The pain is slowly coming back but still is not as bad as it was.

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 18, 2012 (Started Mar 08, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain in lower back)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for pain in legs)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Monthly
Advice & Tips: I had the cortisone shot about a month apart in lower spine for L4 and L5, and didn't really help, so we decided to quit them. Besides they are expensive.
Cost: $200+ monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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