What should I know before getting corticosteroid injections into my joints?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

If you are pregnant, may be pregnant, or thinking of becoming pregnant, be aware that when corticosteroids are injected into a joint, a small amount of the drug may affect other parts of the body. The health of your baby may be at risk if you take a corticosteroid during the first trimester. It is not known whether corticosteroids are safe for pregnant women in later trimesters.

Similarly, corticosteroids are passed into breast milk and can cause side effects in the nursing infant, including slowing of growth. If you are breastfeeding, this medication may not be right for you.

People with a bleeding disorder may be more likely to have bleeding in the joint from an injection, but the overall risk is small. 

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