Steroids for rheumatoid arthritis side effects

"For years I had been a "junkie"--addicted to prescription and over the counter drugs. used oral and topical anti-inflammatory corticosteroids for 9 years to suppress my eczema/psoriasis. The steroids' side effect nearly killed me and did nothing to cure my eczema. The side effects caused me to swell-up like a balloon and triggered terrible mood swings from deep depression to nasty outburst our rages. Functioning of vital organs such as my liver, kidneys, lungs and spleen were nearly shut down and I thought I would die." Shirley

In contrast, we have clear-cut long-term toxicity data to balance against this minor radiologic difference. In 1983, Scott published a 20-year follow-up of RA patients who were receiving steroids along with DMARDs such as gold. 5 Many of the patients had become disabled and several had died, with some of deaths thought to be steroid related. In ground-breaking studies, Pincus emphasized the increased mortalities associated with RA and likened it to triple-vessel coronary artery disease or lymphoma. 6 He also showed that the mortality rate was increased in those patients receiving steroids versus those who were not (but this is less often emphasized). A study of patients with early RA followed over 15 years found that 39% of those patients who died had been on steroids compared to just 3% of those who were alive. 7

Steroids for rheumatoid arthritis side effects

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