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What are the long-term side effects of cortisone shots?

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They depend on the dose and how often you get this treatment. With higher doses and frequent shots, potential side effects include:

  • Thinning of the skin
  • Easy bruising
  • Weight gain
  • Puffiness of the face
  • Higher blood pressure
  • Cataract formation
  • Thinning of the bones (osteoporosis)
  • Rare but serious damage to the bones of the large joints (called “avascular necrosis”).

From: Do I Need a Cortisone Shot? WebMD Medical Reference

WebMD Medical Reference from MedicineNet: "Cortisone Injection (Corticosteroid Injection) of Soft Tissues & Joints."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on January 24, 2018

WebMD Medical Reference from MedicineNet: "Cortisone Injection (Corticosteroid Injection) of Soft Tissues & Joints."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on January 24, 2018

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