Corticosteroids Treatment and Side Effects

Corticosteroids are synthetic medications that are produced almost as a clone in Cortisol and are used in prescription dosages for various conditions and inflammatory responses. It also used in treating people with traumatic brain injury.

Cortisol is a natural hormone that is produced when secreted from the adrenal glands which located in just above the kidneys on both side of the body. The adrenal glands are part of the endocrine gland which regulates hormone in the body. The adrenal gland produced a hormone called cortisol. It has many functions but most importantly extra cortisol can be produced to help manage the effects of infections.

There are many different types of corticosteroid that are available in the market today. There are generally used to treat conditions such are Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Asthma, Allergies, Skin conditions and other inflammatory spots in the body. They are synthetically produced hormones that are very similar to cortisol. They block white blood cells from attacking the tissue and decrease the inflammatory diseases these immune cells produce.

Generally, corticosteroids absorbed very well in the tissues of the body and a result doctors usually prescribed them in modern illnesses or have close supervision of patient when their on prescription on corticosteroid.

It can be ministered in four different ways.

*By mouth usually in pillow form for synthetic illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and other synthetic problems.

*By inhalation for asthma and allergies.

*By topical use for skin rashes and inflammatory conditions of the skin.

*By injection for tendonitis and other muscle inflammatory responses.

There are also known side effects in taking corticosteroids medications, be certain to discuss with your primary physicians about the possible and potential side effects that they can have on your health. The potential side effects of corticosteroids if not prescribed includes blurred vision, glaucoma, cataracts, high blood pressure, weight gain, bone loss, bruising, and changes in appetite and mood swings.

Corticosteroids have pluses and minuses in a long term. Some patients are not good candidates for corticosteroids for example patients who have diabetes or osteoporosis or other reasons why corticosteroids are not good for them.

Corticosteroids can be a man’s best friends when it comes to alleviating the symptoms swelling an inflammation associated in many different illnesses. However, on the flip side can also post serious side effects in health concern. Having a good working knowledge of the medication your taking is a great idea.

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