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What are side effects of glucocorticoids?

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A glucocorticoid is a kind of steroid that helps your body fight inflammation. You may not have any side effects. But common problems include:

  • Weight gain
  • Feeling very hungry
  • Water retention or swelling
  • Mood swings
  • Blurred vision
  • Feeling nervous or restless
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Muscle weakness
  • Acne
  • Stomach irritation

From: What Are Glucocorticoids? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Huntington’s Outreach Project for Education, at Stanford: “Glucocorticoids.”

Mayo Clinic: “Corticosteroid,” “Cortisone shots,” “Dexamethasone,” “Triamcinolone,” “Budesonide.”

National Institutes of Health: “Understanding Autoimmune Diseases.”

Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology : “The anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive effect of glucocorticoids, recent developments and mechanistic insights.”

National Health Service: “Steroids.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Corticosteroids.”

Medscape: “Immunology of Transplant Rejection.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 30, 2019

SOURCES:

Huntington’s Outreach Project for Education, at Stanford: “Glucocorticoids.”

Mayo Clinic: “Corticosteroid,” “Cortisone shots,” “Dexamethasone,” “Triamcinolone,” “Budesonide.”

National Institutes of Health: “Understanding Autoimmune Diseases.”

Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology : “The anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive effect of glucocorticoids, recent developments and mechanistic insights.”

National Health Service: “Steroids.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Corticosteroids.”

Medscape: “Immunology of Transplant Rejection.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 30, 2019

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