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Adrenal Steroids
There are three types of adrenal steroids: mineralocorticoids, which maintain sodium and potassium balance in the body, glucocorticoids, and male sex steroids (although most male sex hormones are produced in the testicles). Our Web site only considers glucocorticoids.

DRUG AND DIETARY SUPPLEMENT PROFILES

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WORST PILLS, BEST PILLS NEWSLETTER ARTICLES

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Dexamethasone: A Marginally Beneficial Treatment for Severe COVID-19
December 2020
In this article, we review the results of randomized clinical trials showing that the anti-inflammatory corticosteroid dexamethasone reduces the risk of death in patients hospitalized with COVID-19 who require supplemental oxygen or mechanical ventilation.
Commonly Used Oral Drugs That Can Cause Eye Problems; First of a Two-Part Series
December 2019
In this first of a two-part series, we review some of the many commonly prescribed medications that can damage your eyes and the steps that you can take to protect yourself from these adverse effects. The second part in this series will appear in our February 2020 issue.
Systemic Corticosteroids Ineffective for Low Back Pain
February 2019
Low back pain is a frequent reason for outpatient and emergency room visits among adults. Read why treatment with corticosteroids is a poor choice for treating this common condition.
Study Suggests Frequent Improper Use of Systemic Corticosteroids for Respiratory Illnesses
December 2018
In this article we discuss new research showing that patients with acute respiratory illnesses too often are treated inappropriately with corticosteroid drugs, exposing them to unnecessary risks.
Corticosteroid Drug Interactions
November 2010
This article discusses 36 drugs that, when used by people also using a corticosteroid, can either cause toxic interactions with the steroid or decrease the steroid's effectiveness.
Drug-induced Cognitive Impairment: Part 2: Delirium and Dementia
April 2009
This second article about drug-induced dementia or delirium lists and discusses an additional 79 drugs that can cause these reversible kinds of mental deterioration. The two articles collectively review 136 drugs that can cause these serious side effects, especially in older people.
Drug-Induced Eye Toxicity: 62 Drugs That Can Cause Eye Disease
April 2008
This article, based on a recent review in Drug Safety, lists 62 prescription drugs that can cause eye disease. The range of drug-induced eye diseases includes diseases of the eyelids, glaucoma, cataracts, retinal damage and optic nerve damage. As is true for drug-induced diseases in other parts of the body, you should consider newly developed eye symptoms beginning shortly after starting a new medication to be possibly drug-induced and consult a physician.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FROM PUBLIC CITIZEN

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Petition Requesting Warnings on the Labels of Glucocorticosteroids (HRG Publication #1958)
The FDA should immediately require that the labels for all brands of prednisone and other glucocorticosteroids currently on the market in the U.S. be revised to include central serous chorioretinopathy as one of the ophthalmic adverse reactions reported with these medications if not already included. The FDA should also ensure that other important information regarding the use and safety of these medications is presented in a consistent manner across all labels.