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What are the common side effects of IV steroid treatment for multiple sclerosis?

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Not everyone experiences side effects from IV steroid treatment, but the most common are:

  • Stomach irritation, such as indigestion and heartburn
  • Increased energy
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Flushing of the face, neck, or chest
  • Feeling warm or cool
  • Retaining fluid (avoid table salt and salty foods)
  • Mood changes (euphoria, irritability, nervousness, restlessness) or mood swings
  • Metallic taste in the mouth
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea

From: Steroids for MS Flares WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neil Lava on June 10, 2019
Reviewed by Neil Lava on June 10, 2019

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