What are Steroid Medications?

Corticosteroids are separated into two groups: glucocorticoids and the mineralcorticoids.  Glucocorticoids (cortisol) control carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism and are natural anti-inflammatory agents. Mineralocorticoids (aldosterone) control electrolyte (sodium and potassium) and water levels, mainly causing sodium retention from the kidney.

Steroid Medications can be a complex type of treatment, as physicians must find a balance between relieving pain and avoiding addiction or opioid toxicity for the patient. Steroid Medications is one of the most potent analgesics and is frequently used to treat cancer patients, as well as patients with chronic non-malignant pain.

 

Conditions Related with Steroid Medications

Synthetic corticosteroids have been produced for treatment of a myriad of diseases. These include allergies and asthma, skin conditions, endocrine disorders, gastrointestinal diseases, autoimmune disorders, leukemia and lymphoma, multiple sclerosis, eye conditions, and kidney conditions.

Many years ago corticosteroids were thought be a miracle drug for the treatment of many conditions.  As the use of corticosteroids expanded over the years, side effects emerged so the use of steroids has become more reserved.

However, the benefit of steroids outweighs the risk of side effects in many diseases, including:

  • Weight gain
  • Glucose intolerance (high blood sugar)
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Increased susceptibility to infections
  • Easy bruising
  • Mood swings
  • Insomnia
  • Avascular necrosis of bone or bone thinning
  • Abdominal striae
  • Cataracts
  • Acne
  • Hirsutism (excessive hair growth)

Conclusion

Many years ago corticosteroids were thought be a miracle drug for the treatment of many conditions. As the use of corticosteroids expanded over the years, side effects emerged so the use of steroids has become more reserved. However, often the benefits of steroids outweigh the risks of side effects in many diseases.

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