Features February 2003 Issue

Steroids: Therapy With An Evil Side

Steroid drugs are powerful anti-inflammatories, but their long-term use can accelerate bone loss.

When cortisone was first introduced 50 years ago, it was hailed as a cure for rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Everyone who took it seemed to get better. But then its down side— serious, long-lasting side effects —soon became apparent.

“Steroids are effective anti-inflammatory drugs that can quickly control a flare up of arthritis. But there isn't a dose you can stay on forever without suffering side effects,” says Daniel Mazanec, M.D., director of the Center for…

To continue reading this article you must be a paid subscriber.

Subscribe to Arthritis Advisor

Arthritis Advisor is the first magazine published by one one of the world's leading orthopaedic hospitals specifically for people with arthritis.

Subscriber Log In

Forgot your password? Click Here.

Already subscribe but haven't registered for all the benefits of the website? Click here.