Specializing in Pain Management and Sports Medicine

Corticosteroid Side Effects

All corticosteroids have potential side effects. These tend to range from uncommon to rare but can occur and you need to be aware of them. They are usually much less prevalent than the side effects from taking oral steroids.

  • Facial flushing
  • Headache
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Fluid retention
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Fever the night of injection
  • Elevated blood sugar for 2-3 days- diabetics need to monitor their blood sugars closely
  • A transient decrease in immunity because of the suppressive effect of the steroid
  • Heartburn/stomach ulcers
  • Severe arthritis of the hips (avascular necrosis)
  • Post-injection flare – an increase in pain that can occur several hours after the injection and can last for several days

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