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How can steroid treatment lead to moon facies?

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Long-term use of steroids like prednisone can cause many of the same signs and symptoms of Cushing's syndrome.

Weight gain with moon facies is a common sign of steroid use. Your risk depends on the dose and how long you take it. Steroids can boost your appetite and cause weight gain.

To prevent problems, lower the dose of medication or stop it altogether. Never do this on your own. Your doctor will have you try the lowest effective dose, or take it every other day. If this doesn't help, he can suggest trying other options.

From: Moon Facies WebMD Medical Reference

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UpToDate: "Clinical manifestations of Cushing's syndrome;" "Causes and pathophysiology of Cushing's syndrome;" "Myopathies of systemic disease;" "Major side effects of systemic glucocorticoids;" and "Glucocorticoid-induced myopathy."

eMedicine: "Cushing Syndrome."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 22, 2017

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UpToDate: "Clinical manifestations of Cushing's syndrome;" "Causes and pathophysiology of Cushing's syndrome;" "Myopathies of systemic disease;" "Major side effects of systemic glucocorticoids;" and "Glucocorticoid-induced myopathy."

eMedicine: "Cushing Syndrome."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 22, 2017

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