Thursday, August 4, 2011

Corticosteroid Side Effect Profile

Corticosteroid Side Effect Profile

  1. Induces diabetes
  2. Induces muscle weakness
  3. Induces osteoporosis
  4. Alters fat metabolism and distribution
  5. Induces hyperlipidemia
  6. Induces electrolyte imbalances
  7. Induces central nervous system effects including psychological changes
  8. Induces ocular changes—cataracts, glaucoma
  9. Aggravates high blood pressure
  10. Aggravates congestive heart failure
  11. Aggravates peptic ulcer disease
  12. Aggravates underlying infectious processes (eg, tuberculosis)
  13. Suppresses the pituitary-adrenal axis, resulting in adrenal atrophy
  14. Suppresses the stress response

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