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How are side effects and complications of steroid therapy monitored and prevented?

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You will have frequent blood tests while taking steroids to monitor possible side effects and to evaluate the drugs' effectiveness. These blood tests can usually detect problems before you're aware of any symptoms. Your doctor will frequently evaluate your heart and lung function and blood sugar level, which may increase after you start taking steroids.

While you take those steroids,make sure you keep all your doctor's and laboratory appointments, and that you get your blood pressure checked regularly.

Steroids increase your chance for developing infections, so report symptoms such as a cough, fever, or shortness of breath to your doctor.

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American College of Rheumatology.

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 13, 2018

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American College of Rheumatology.

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 13, 2018

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