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Which medical problems should you inform your doctor about before you start taking a glucocorticoid?

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A glucocorticoid is medication that helps your body fight inflammation. Tell your doctor if you have any of these medical problems before you start taking it:

  • Cataracts or glaucoma
  • Heart attack or congestive heart failure
  • High blood pressure
  • Thyroid disease
  • Peptic ulcer
  • Diabetes
  • Depression or other mood disorders
  • Kidney disease
  • Adrenal gland problems

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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