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This type of medication is often used in the treatment of several different kinds of cancers and other diseases.┬áDon’t confuse this kind of steroid with the illegal, anabolic type that have been used to bulk muscles!

Your body normally produces a natural form of steroid called cortisol. You will make less cortisol while you’re taking steroid medication. This is why you always taper off this medication – so you own body starts making the normal amounts of cortisol again.

Commonly used steroids:

Prednisone

Taken by mouth

Methylprednisolone

(Solumedral) Taken through IV

Hydrocortisone

Taken through IV, by mouth, or in a cream for the skin

Cortisone

Taken by injection into the muscle

Common side effects:

  • Increased appetite
  • Weight gain
  • Mood swings
  • Fullness in cheeks
  • High blood pressure
  • Stomach upset or ulcers
  • Osteoporosis (weakens bones)