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What are the side effects of taking steroid drugs for Crohn's disease?

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When you take steroids, you might notice one or more of these side effects:

Some people get more serious side effects, like:

Because steroids curb your immune system, they can make you more likely to get an infection. Children who take them for a long time may grow more slowly than normal.

  • Acne
  • Hair growth on the face
  • Night sweats
  • Swelling of the face (called "moon face")
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Weight gain
  • Cataracts
  • Diabetes
  • Glaucoma
  • High blood pressure
  • Weakened bones and fractures

From: Drugs That Calm Crohn's Inflammation WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America: "Crohn's Disease," "Types of Medications," "Crohn's Disease Medication Options," "Corticosteroids," "Aminosalicylates."

UpToDate: "Patient information: Sulfasalazine and the 5-aminosalicylates."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on October 10, 2018

SOURCES:

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America: "Crohn's Disease," "Types of Medications," "Crohn's Disease Medication Options," "Corticosteroids," "Aminosalicylates."

UpToDate: "Patient information: Sulfasalazine and the 5-aminosalicylates."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on October 10, 2018

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