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Interactions

Corticosteroids/Hormonal Contraceptives; Estrogens

This information is generalized and not intended as specific medical advice. Consult your healthcare professional before taking or discontinuing any drug or commencing any course of treatment.

Medical warning:

Moderate. These medicines may cause some risk when taken together. Contact your healthcare professional (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) for more information.

How the interaction occurs:

When these two medicines are taken together, your body may not process your corticosteroid properly.

What might happen:

The blood level of the corticosteroid may be increased resulting in an increased chance for infection, increased stomach irritation, problems with sleeping, increased appetite, or increased nervousness.

What you should do about this interaction:

The dose of your corticosteroid may need to be changed if you experience side effects of increased corticosteroids. If you do, contact your doctor.Your healthcare professionals (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) may already be aware of this interaction and may be monitoring you for it. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.

References:

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2.Boekenoogen SJ, Szefler SJ, Jusko WJ. Prednisolone disposition and protein binding in oral contraceptive users. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 1983 Apr; 56(4):702-9.

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