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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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Strong Topical Steroids Often Sold Over the Counter Illegally in the U.S., Study Finds
July 2020
New research reveals that potent, prescription-strength topical steroids can be purchased over the counter readily in many U.S. cities. Learn how to protect yourself and your loved ones from these illegal and potentially harmful products.
Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Highlights the Dangers of Compounding Pharmacies
December 2012
Public Citizen has a long history of opposing the dangerous under-regulation of large-scale pharmacy compounders such as the New England Compounding Center, which is at the center of the recent outbreak of fungal meningitis caused by contaminated injectable steroids. Learn how this current nationwide disaster, and its related deaths, could have been prevented.
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.