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Corticosteroids – Elevated Blood Pressure

November 2, 2010
Blood Pressure Can Be Elevated

Blood Pressure Can Be Elevated

This post is part of a series about the side effects of corticosteroids when used to manage osteoarthritis of the knee.

Cortisone regulates how the body balances water, sodium, and electrolytes.  Corticosteroids can cause the body to retain water which could elevate blood pressure.  Swollen ankles are a symptom that the body is retaining fluid.

Have your blood pressure checked regularly and institute a low sodium diet.  Water pills may be prescribed by your doctor if you are retaining fluids.



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