Corticosteroids: Short Term Side Effects

The most common side effect of corticosteroid therapy is a mild short-term elevation of the blood glucose levels in diabetic patients. These elevations are usually easy to control.

Most patients will not experience any significant steroid side effects at the doses we use as Schlesinger Pain Centers. Diabetic patients will always see a mild to moderate elevation of their blood glucose levels last five to seven days. Patients who do not have diabetes will usually not see any change in their blood glucose levels. A change in mood, sleep pattern or appetite all occur in less than 5% of patients and last less than a week.

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