Steroids to Treat Arthritis (cont.)
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Does Everyone Develop Side Effects of Steroids?
No. How often any side effect occurs varies from person to person. If steroid use is brief (from a few days to a few weeks), it is possible that none of the listed side effects will occur. The side effects listed generally do not occur when occasional steroid injections are given for arthritis, tendinitis, or bursitis.
However, if steroid use involves high doses and is prolonged (for a few months to several years), an increase in the number of side effects may occur.
How Can the Side Effects Be Minimized?
To minimize the side effects of steroids, doctors follow these guidelines:
Who Should Not Take Steroids?
Steroids, as with other medications, are not recommended for everyone. In general, people with the following conditions should not take steroids:
How Do I Know If Steroid Treatment Is Right for Me?
The decision to prescribe steroids is always made on an individual basis. Your doctor will consider your age, your overall health, and other drugs you are taking. Your doctor also will make sure you understand the potential benefits and risks of steroids before you start taking them.
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