What should I expect the withdrawal symtoms to be???
Hi i agree with Laurie. We could advise better if we knew how long the course was and at what dose, but generally steroid use should not be stopped abruptly. "Tapering the drug gives the adrenal glands time to return to their normal patterns of secretion. (It may take a period of time for things to get completely back to normal). How quickly steroids can be tapered depends on continued control of the underlying disease with decreasing doses, and on how quickly our body adjusts to the need to produce its own hormones. Unfortunately, tapering may not always completely prevent withdrawal symptoms. Present thinking suggests that steroid withdrawal may involve many factors, including a true physiological dependence on corticosteroids. Restarting (or increasing dosage) may be the only solution" (taken from medicinenet.com).
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