Corticosteroids Glucocorticoid Effects (Systemic)
Precautions While Using This Medicine
Your doctor should check your progress at regular visits
Also, your progress may have to be checked after you have stopped using this
medicine, since some of the effects may continue.
Do not stop using this medicine without first checking
with your doctor
. Your doctor may want you to reduce gradually the
amount you are using before stopping the medicine completely.
Check with your doctor if your condition reappears or worsens after the
dose has been reduced or treatment with this medicine is stopped.
If you will be using corticosteroids for a long time:
Your doctor may want you to follow a low-salt
diet and/or a potassium-rich diet
Your doctor may want you to watch your calories to prevent weight
Your doctor may want you to add extra protein to your diet.
Your doctor may want you to have your eyes examined by an ophthalmologist
(eye doctor) before, and also sometime later during treatment.
Your doctor may want you to carry a medical identification card stating
that you are using this medicine.
Tell the doctor in charge that you are using this medicine:
Before having skin tests
Before having any kind of surgery (including
dental surgery) or emergency treatment
If you get a serious infection or injury
Avoid close contact with anyone who has chickenpox
. This is especially important for children. Tell your doctor right away if you think you have been exposed to chickenpox
While you are being treated with this medicine, and after you stop taking
it, do not have any immunizations without your doctor's
. Also, other people living in your home should not receive
the oral polio vaccine, since there is a chance they could pass the polio
virus on to you. In addition, you should avoid close contact with other people
at school or work who have recently taken the oral polio vaccine.
For patients with diabetes
This medicine may affect blood glucose (sugar) levels. If you notice
a change in the results of your blood or urine sugar tests or if you have
any questions, check with your doctor.
For patients having this medicine injected into their
If this medicine is injected into one of your joints, you should
be careful not to put too much stress or strain on that joint for a while,
even if it begins to feel better. Make sure your doctor has told you how much
you are allowed to move this joint while it is healing.
If redness or swelling occurs at the place of injection, and continues
or gets worse, check with your doctor.