Cortisone Side Effects
What should I watch for?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. If you are taking this medicine over a prolonged period, carry an identification card with your name and address, the type and dose of your medicine, and your doctor's name and address.
If you are going to have surgery, tell your doctor or health care professional that you have taken this medicine within the last twelve months.
Ask your doctor or health care professional about your diet. You may need to lower the amount of salt you eat.
The medicine can increase your blood sugar. If you are a diabetic check with your doctor if you need help adjusting the dose of your diabetic medicine.
Common and Rare Side Effects
Corticosteroids may lower your resistance to infections. Also, any infection you get may be harder to treat. Always check with your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any signs of a possible infection, such as sore throat, fever, sneezing, or coughing.
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
Decreased or blurred vision
Blindness (sudden, when injected in the head or neck area)
burning, numbness, pain, or tingling at or near place of injection
false sense of well-being
hallucinations (seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there)
mistaken feelings of self-importance or being mistreated
mood swings (sudden and wide)
redness, swelling, or other sign of allergy or infection at place of injection
skin rash or hives
Additional side effects may occur if you take this medicine for a long time. Check with your doctor if any of the following side effects occur:
Abdominal or stomach pain or burning (continuing)
bloody or black, tarry stools
changes in vision
filling or rounding out of the face
muscle cramps or pain
pain in arms, back, hips, legs, ribs, or shoulders
reddish purple lines on arms, face, groin, legs, or trunk
redness of eyes
sensitivity of eyes to light
stunting of growth (in children)
swelling of feet or lower legs
tearing of eyes
thin, shiny skin
trouble in sleeping
unusual increase in hair growth
unusual tiredness or weakness
weight gain (rapid)
wounds that will not heal
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
loss of appetite (for triamcinolone only)
nervousness or restlessness
Less common or rare
Darkening or lightening of skin color
dizziness or lightheadedness
flushing of face or cheeks
increased joint pain (after injection into a joint)
nosebleeds (after injection into the nose)
sensation of spinning
After you stop using this medicine, your body may need time to adjust. The length of time this takes depends on the amount of medicine you were using and how long you used it. If you have taken large doses of this medicine for a long time, your body may need one year to adjust. During this time, check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
Abdominal, stomach, or back pain
loss of appetite (continuing)
muscle or joint pain
reappearance of disease symptoms
shortness of breath
unexplained headaches (frequent or continuing)
unusual tiredness or weakness
weight loss (rapid)
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.