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Why steroids are typically prescribed
Healthcare professionals can prescribe steroids to treat diseases that cause muscle loss, such as cancer and AIDS. There are different forms of steroid medicine such as tablets, inhalers, creams, drops and sprays, that can be used to treat a variety of issues including Asthma, hormonal imbalances, allergies, muscle and joint diseases, and more.
Prescribed steroids play pivotal roles in cancer treatment for patients, usually by helping treat nausea and vomiting as well as kill cancer cells and help shrink tumors that are related to chemotherapy. Further, prescribed steroids can ease swelling and headache pain due to brain tumors.
Common prescription steroids:
Steroid side effects
Short-term usage of prescription steroids doesn’t typically come with side effects. However, if you are using them for a longer treatment, you may experience the following:
- Increased appetite and weight gain
- Mood swings
- Stomach ulcers
- Higher blood pressure
- Weak joints and bones
- Vision problems