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What are the side effects of steroid therapy for MS?

Side effects of short-term steroid use for multiple sclerosis treatment include stomach upset, mood swings, insomnia, headache, acne, nervousness, and bloating. These usually go away after the medication is stopped. Long-term steroid use can cause increased susceptibility to all infections, fractures, bone degeneration, and osteoporosis. Sudden steroid withdrawal can cause mental disturbances. Because of steroid's exhilarating effect, psychological dependence is possible. Depression, agitation, anxiety, and psychotic reactions may occur when treatment is stopped. Short-term therapy with adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH) carries little risk and reduces the length and severity of most acute attacks.

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