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Corticosteroids – Mood Changes

October 31, 2010

Mood changes can occur

This is one section in a series of posts about managing the side effects of corticosteroids when they are used to treat knee osteoarthritis.

Corticosteroids in doses over 30mg per day can affect moods.  Some patients can feel either really “up” or really “down”.  Some report feeling depressed.

Knowing there can be a problem can make it less of a problem.  Tell your family and friends that you may be moody while on the medication so they know what is going on if you react in an unexpected manner.  Decreasing the dosage is an option, and sometimes medication can be added to help with changes in mood.



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