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 50 30
Pain in hips 42 13
Pain 41 20
Back pain 12 6
Pain in shoulders 9 8

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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 13
Moderate 11
Mild 15
None 63

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Cortisone Injection

Side effect Patients
Injection site pain 4
Pain 4
Weight gain 3
Achiness 2
Elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia) 2
Temporary increased pain 2

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Cortisone Injection

Dosage Patients
50 mg every 3 months 2
50 mg monthly 2
1other as needed 2
50mg/mL as needed 2
1 mL every 3 months 1
1 other every 3 months 1
2 other every 12 weeks 1
1 mg every 3 weeks 1
150 mg yearly 1
25 mL every 8 weeks 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 21
Doctor's advice 14
Other 12
Side effects too severe 11
Expense 3
Change in health plan coverage 1
Personal research 1
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Duration

Currently taking Cortisone Injection

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 7
5 - 10 years 5
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Cortisone Injection

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 83
1 - 6 months 13
6 months - 1 year 15
1 - 2 years 12
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 73
Usually 9
Sometimes 10
Never taken as prescribed 10
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 12
Somewhat hard to take 24
A little hard to take 22
Not at all hard to take 44
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 5
$100-199 1
$50-99 4
$25-49 7
< $25 30
Not specified 55

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Cortisone Injection after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox) 2

Patients stopped taking Cortisone Injection and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Epidural Steroid Injection (Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection) 1
Infliximab (Remicade) 1
Platelet Rich Plasma injections PRP 1
Rituximab (Rituxan) 1
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5 patient evaluations for Cortisone Injection

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.

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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

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Aug 8, 2009 (Started Aug 07, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Left shoulder locked)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

Aug 7, 2009 (Started Aug 07, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Left shoulder locked)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

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