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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.


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Drugs Associated with Osteoporosis and Related Fractures
January 2024
Osteoporosis occurs when there is a decrease in bone mineral density and bone quality that can weaken bones, making them susceptible to fracture easily. Learn about drugs that are associated with osteoporosis and related fractures.
Contrary to Guidelines, Corticosteroids Commonly Used Outside of Hospitals to Treat COVID-19
October 2022
The use of corticosteroids in patients with mild-to-moderate COVID-19, who are typically treated at home and do not require oxygen therapy, is not beneficial and can be harmful. Disturbingly, a recent study shows that substantial proportions of nonhospitalized COVID-19 patients were prescribed systemic steroids.
Important Drug Interactions for NSAIDs
May 2022
Patients taking any of the widely used nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) should be aware that they all have clinically important interactions with many other medications.
Medications That Cause Gastrointestinal Bleeding
September 2021
Gastrointestinal bleeding is a common cause of hospitalization and in severe cases can result in death. Find out which commonly used medications can cause gastrointestinal bleeding.
Serious Adverse Effects Associated With Short-Term Use of Oral Corticosteroids
June 2021
In this article, we review data from new research showing that even short-term (14 or fewer days) use of oral corticosteroids can increase your risk of serious adverse effects.
Highlights of the New Guidelines for Severe Allergic Reaction
November 2020
We review new guidelines for treating life-threatening allergic reactions (known as anaphylaxis) recently issued by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
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.
Drugs That Cause Weight Gain
December 2017
Weight gain is an adverse event associated with many widely used medications and may lead to significant overweight and obesity, especially in susceptible individuals. Find out which drugs have this adverse effect.
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.


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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.