This type of medication is often used in the treatment of several different kinds of cancers and other diseases. Don’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:


Taken by mouth


(Solumedral) Taken through IV


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


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)