People are often given short-term corticosteroids like prednisone to treat symptoms of conditions like bronchitis or back pain. Short term steroid use often helps people feel better quicker and can save lives. Still, these popular drugs are not without adverse effects. No drugs are. University of Michigan researchers would like people to be aware of a new link they found between serious conditions and short-term steroid use.
Short-term use of steroids like prednisone has been linked to significantly higher rates of sepsis, venous thromboembolism (VTE) and fractures, according to University of Michigan experts. New findings indicate that people taking oral steroids for short-term relief are more likely to develop a potentially dangerous blood clot, develop sepsis in the months after treatment, and even break a bone compared to adults in similar circumstances who were not given the steroids.
steroid party ???????????? bye bronchitis! pic.twitter.com/hNu1DzBge0
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