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Archive for October 26th, 2010

No Cold Turkey

No Cold Turkey

This post is one in a series about managing the side effects of corticosteroids when treating osteoarthritis.

Corticosteroid treatments should never be suddenly stopped.  Usage should be slowly tapered down over time.  Rapid withdrawal may cause joint pain, fatigue, muscle stiffness, fever, and tenderness.  This condition is called “Steroid Withdrawal Syndrome”.

So don’t stop taking steroids cold turkey.  Talk to your doctor about gradually decreasing your dose, and discuss any symptoms you notice.