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What are the side effects of taking steroids for RA?

In the short term, steroids may cause weight gain, fluid retention, irregular periods, acne, excess facial and body hair, irritability, and insomnia, all of which go away when the drug is discontinued. Long-term use of steroids can cause severe side effects, such as high blood pressure, cataracts, glaucoma, diabetes, psychological problems, and osteoporosis.

Corticosteroids replace hormones that are usually produced by your adrenal glands. Once you become acclimated to artificial steroids, your adrenal glands will not immediately resume hormone production when you stop using steroids. This is a potentially dangerous transition period; therefore, steroids should only be discontinued under a doctor's supervision.

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