In the authors’ opinion, there is no safe dose of steroids, so it is crucial if you take them that you take the lowest dose possible. If you have taken steroids for longer than three months but have not had a conversation with your doctor about your bone health and other corticosteroid side effects, the time to do so is now. If you’ve lost more than a few centimeters of height, the likelihood you have osteoporosis is high and it is especially important to get your bone density evaluated and get started on osteoporosis treatments right away. Calcium and vitamin D3 supplements are essential, but there is a lot more to treating osteoporosis than these two nutrients. Comprehensive natural osteoporosis treatments can also be used exclusively in some cases or in other cases in conjunction with conventional treatments. In any case, it is important to work with a qualified integrative doctor or naturopathic physician and to NEVER discontinue steroid medication without consulting with your doctor and slowly tapering off.
Corticosteroids may play a useful role in cancer treatment. Since they are strongly anti-inflammatory they are sometimes prescribed to reduce swelling and pain. They may be used with other drugs to reduce nausea and vomiting created by chemotherapy treatment. They may also increase appetite. In a few types of cancer, specific corticosteroids are sometimes used with or without chemotherapy drugs to destroy cancer cells. It's important to note that while corticosteroids can be an important aspect of treatment in some types of cancer, they may not be helpful in all types.
Some parents worry that children who use inhaled corticosteroids may not grow as tall as other children. A very small difference in height and growth was found in children who were using inhaled corticosteroids compared to children not using them. 3 And one study showed a very small difference in height [about in. ( cm) ] in adults who used inhaled corticosteroids as children compared to adults who did not use inhaled corticosteroids. 4 But the use of inhaled corticosteroids has important health benefits for children who have asthma. If you are worried about the effects of asthma medicines on your child, talk with your doctor.