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What are the side effects of intravenous steroids?

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Are There Side Effects of IV Steroids?

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

Long-term side effects of steroids may include:

Since steroid use can increase your risk of developing osteoporosis, include more dairy products into your diet while on this therapy. You can also talk with your doctor about calcium supplements with vitamin D.

  • 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
  • Bone-thinning osteoporosis
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Cataracts
  • Weight gain
  • Acne
  • Diabetes

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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