Cortisone Side Effects
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Mar 22, 2022.
For the Consumer
Applies to cortisone: oral tablets
Side effects include:
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to cortisone: compounding powder, injectable suspension, oral tablet
Frequency not reported: Peptic ulcer with possible perforation and hemorrhage, perforation of the small and large bowel (particularly in inflammatory bowel disease patients), pancreatitis, abdominal distention, ulcerative esophagitis, nausea[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Muscle weakness, steroid myopathy, loss of muscle mass, osteoporosis, vertebral compression fractures, aseptic necrosis of femoral and humoral heads, pathologic fracture of long bones, tendon rupture, growth suppression in children[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Psychic disturbances[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Menstrual irregularities[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Hypersensitivity[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Sodium retention, fluid retention, potassium loss, hypokalemic alkalosis, decreased carbohydrate tolerance, manifestations of latent diabetes mellitus, increased requirements for insulin or oral hypoglycemics (in diabetics), negative nitrogen balance due to protein catabolism, increased appetite[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Impaired wound healing, suppressed reactions to skin tests, weight gain, malaise[Ref]
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