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Posted by: Cirrie | 2009/07/22

Cortisone

Please advise on side effects of cortisone pills and nasal spray.

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Dear Cirrie
If possible one should avoid using cortisone pills longterm ( although in certain diseases it is unavoidable - Ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis for example) It can cause thinning of the skin, suppressing immunity and osteoporosis. Nasal cortisone only works local and does not have these side effects - it can however cause nosebleeds.
Dr Bets

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