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What are the possible side effects of taking steroids for Crohn's disease?

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Mild side effects include:

The longer you take a steroid, the more likely you’ll get one or more of these:

  • Weight gain
  • A puffy, rounded face, also called “moon face”
  • Stretch marks
  • Acne
  • More facial hair
  • Insomnia, or poor sleep
  • Night sweats
  • Mood swings
  • Memory lapses
  • Hyperactivity
  • Thin skin that bruises easily
  • High blood pressure
  • High blood sugar
  • Osteoporosis, or weak bones that break easily
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Treatment for Crohn’s Disease.”

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America: “CCFA Fact Sheet: News From the IBD Help Center: Corticosteroids,” “Corticosteroids.”

MayoClinic.org: “Crohn’s disease: Treatment and drugs,” “Prednisone and other corticosteroids.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 28, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Treatment for Crohn’s Disease.”

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America: “CCFA Fact Sheet: News From the IBD Help Center: Corticosteroids,” “Corticosteroids.”

MayoClinic.org: “Crohn’s disease: Treatment and drugs,” “Prednisone and other corticosteroids.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 28, 2018

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