Oral corticosteroids are commonly used medicines. They help calm down the body's response to inflammation. Oral means that they are taken by mouth. This is most often in the form of a pill.
They are used for treating many conditions. You may take them for asthma, COPD, back pain, or allergic reactions. They are also used for other conditions such as autoimmune diseases and certain types of cancer. You may have side effects from taking this medicine. These include nausea, headache, dizziness, and anxiety. Pregnant women should not take this medicine unless their doctor tells them to.
Follow your doctor's instructions on how to take this medicine. If you are taking it for 2 weeks or more, your doctor may give you special instructions to slowly reduce (taper) the amount you take. Slowly cutting down on the medicine over time helps your body adjust to the change.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
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