What are steroid withdrawal symptoms and signs?
Withdrawal symptoms usually appear after extended use of steroids with rapid/sudden stopping of the drug. These steroids include glucocorticoids, anabolic steroids in topical, injectable, and transdermal forms. The following symptoms and signs may occur in individuals that are withdrawing from taking steroids:
- Decreased appetite
- Weight loss
- Abdominal pain
- Low blood pressure (hypotension)
- Dizziness or fainting
- Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
- Menstrual changes
Less often, joint pain, skin changes, muscle aches, fever, mental changes, or elevations of calcium may be noted. Dehydration and electrolyte imbalances may occur. Decrease in gastrointestinal contractions can occur, leading to dilation of the intestine (ileus). Steroid withdrawal symptoms mimic many other medical problems.