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What side effects can steroids cause while treating my Crohn's disease?

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Steroids can cause severe side effects, like bone loss, if you use them too long. Your doctor will probably slowly cut down and stop them as you start other treatments.

SOURCES:

Gil Y. Melmed, MD, Director, Clinical Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA; spokesman, American Gastroenterological Association;

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America: “Maintenance Therapy.”

Lichtenstein, Gary R. , published online, January 2009. American Journal of Gastroenterology

MayoClinic.org: “Crohn’s Disease: Treatments and drugs.”

Herfarth, Hans. April/May 2013. AGA Perspectives,

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on June 14, 2018

SOURCES:

Gil Y. Melmed, MD, Director, Clinical Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA; spokesman, American Gastroenterological Association;

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America: “Maintenance Therapy.”

Lichtenstein, Gary R. , published online, January 2009. American Journal of Gastroenterology

MayoClinic.org: “Crohn’s Disease: Treatments and drugs.”

Herfarth, Hans. April/May 2013. AGA Perspectives,

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on June 14, 2018

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