Mental health: Patient’s love-hate relationship with medication

She had cushingoid facies, with truncal obesity, abdominal striae, oral candida and proximal myopathy. A random glucose was 16.2mmol/L her random cortisol was low at 30 nmol/L and a short synacthen test showed adrenal insufficiency (baseline cortisol 14 nmol/L, 30mins 242 nmol/L, 60mins 302 nmol/L). She required steroid replacement therapy, and insulin to control her hyperglycaemia. You shouldn’t stop taking your steroid tablets suddenly or alter the dose unless advised by your doctor, even if your symptoms have completely cleared up.

  • DDs dose was also lower at 20mg compared to DS who took up-to 60mg and his maintenance dose was 20 mg.
  • But if your asthma is poorly controlled and you need to take steroid tablets, you may be more at risk of severe disease from COVID-19.
  • I know lots of ladies who’ve had chemo for (primary) breast cancer and I’ve never seen a case of moon-face.
  • Your child may become irritable and have mood swings, and even revert to earlier childhood behaviour, such as temper tantrums.
  • If you get any side effects, including any not listed here, or in the patient information leaflet, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.

Call or WhatsApp our Helpline for support with your condition. Get advice on your medicines, symptoms or travelling with a lung condition, or just call us to say hello. Contact your GP or asthma nurse as soon as possible if you know you’ve come into contact with someone who has chickenpox, or shingles because the chickenpox virus can make you really unwell if you’re on steroids.

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I’m so grateful for the care that I have received and am still receiving. I was sent home with information about my illness and some more suppositories and thankfully I was given the telephone number for the wonderful IBD nurses anabolics steroids for sale at the hospital. This is something that ended up being a lifeline for me whenever I had a flare up as I could leave them a voicemail any time of the day or night and they would always call me back the following day.

The high doses caused moon face and other fun side effects pretty quickly. However even with a significant reduction to 10mg I still am quite rounded in the face. However, I’m still on the buggers & from what I understand you aren’t! It is supposed to take a year plus to return to normal again.

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Use our severe asthma tool to find out if you need a referral to a severe asthma specialist. Or you may need a longer course of steroids if your asthma is severe or difficult to control. To prevent inflammation in your airways you need to use your steroid preventer inhaler every day, as prescribed. The steroids used to treat asthma are known as corticosteroids.

In our 2020 survey of 3000 people who had taken steroid tablets in the last year, 43% said they had put on weight after being on long term steroid tablets. If you get any side effects, including any not listed here, or in the patient information leaflet, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. You can also report side effects through the Yellow Card Scheme. Hypercalcemia was interpreted to be induced by adrenal insufficiency, which occurred due to the abrupt stoppage of clobetasol cream.

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I think they might have been less than an hour, each session. That was a kind of little bit of a, again, shock to the system, just hearing it and how, how serious it potentially, the medication was going to be or what needed to be. Although it didn’t directly impact me, it was something worth mentioning, really, to think, you know what I mean?

And because the steroid medicine in your preventer inhaler is breathed in(inhaled), it goes straight down into your airways. This means very little is absorbed into the rest of the body. If you take your preventer inhaler every day, as prescribed, you should notice fewer symptoms. Your doctor may suspect Cushing’s syndrome if you have typical symptoms and are taking steroid medicine.

Adrenal suppression can cause symptoms like weight loss and fatigue. It is a rare, but serious complication of being on long term steroids. This is when the lens in your eye develops cloudy patches. It might be reassuring to know that your doctor will always aim to prescribe the lowest steroid dose for good control to minimise any side effects.


The higher the dose of prednisolone that you take and the longer you take it for, the greater the chance of side effects. You’re less likely to get side effects if you take a relatively low dose of prednisolone daily. Twitter users began posting their own moon face selfies to support Kayne and raise awareness of Crohn’s disease and other chronic illnesses. The steroids-only group had a third more infections, as well as a greater number of hospital admissions.

They may make some changes to your treatment if the side effects are causing you problems. If you have periods, these may become irregular or stop during treatment. Periods usually return to normal once treatment has finished.