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…