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What are side effects of taking steroids to treat ulcerative colitis (UC)?

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Steroids fight inflammation in your gut. But they’re not a long-term treatment for ulcerative colitis because they can cause side effects like:

  • Weight gain
  • Acne
  • High blood pressure
  • High blood sugar
  • Mood swings
  • Bone loss

Steroids also don’t prevent future flares. So it’s best to use them only for a short time and at the lowest dose that helps.

SOURCES:

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America: “Aminosalicylates,” “Corticosteroids,” “Immunomodulators.”

FDA: “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Ulcerative Colitis.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on October 20, 2020

SOURCES:

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America: “Aminosalicylates,” “Corticosteroids,” “Immunomodulators.”

FDA: “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Ulcerative Colitis.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on October 20, 2020

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