Oral Steroids - Interactions

Authored by Dr Mary Harding, 05 Jul 2017

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Prof Cathy Jackson, 05 Jul 2017

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:

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.

Further reading and references

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