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What are the side effects of intravenous steroids?

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Common side effects from intravenous steroids are:

Long-term side effects of steroids may include:

Steroid use can make you more likely to get osteoporosis, so include more dairy in your diet while on this therapy. And talk with your doctor about calcium supplements with vitamin D.

  • Stomach irritation
  • More energy
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Upper-body flushing
  • Feeling warm or cool
  • Retaining fluid
  • Mood changes
  • Metallic taste
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Osteoporosis
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Cataracts
  • Weight gain
  • Acne
  • Diabetes
Reviewed by Neil Lava on June 10, 2019

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