Oral Steroids - Interactions

Can I take other medicines when I am taking steroids?

Potentially, many other medicines can "interact" with steroids. This means the steroid could affect how they work, either resulting in the other medicine being ineffective, or having more side effects than usual. Or they can interact the other way round, with the other medicine affecting the corticosteroid. Doses may have to be adjusted accordingly in order for both medicines to be taken together.

Examples of medicines which can interact with steroids include:

What should I do if I am taking one of the medicines which interact with steroids?

As long as your doctor knows you are taking this, he or she can advise accordingly. Usually you can take both medicines, but you may need to be monitored for the effects. For example, you may need blood tests to check the combination is not causing any problems. Doses can then be adjusted as necessary.

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Author:
Dr Mary Harding
Peer Reviewer:
Prof Cathy Jackson
Document ID:
4518 (v41)
Last Checked:
05 July 2017
Next Review:
04 July 2020

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