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How can I get rid of steroids ?

Hi, I'm adicted to steroids for past 4 yrs due to ulcerative colitis . It may lead to diabetis? I m 32, suffering from ulcerative colitis sice 2004, infertility suddenly. having DVT .
Tue, 26 Apr 2011
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hi Priya, Welcome to HealthcareMagic Forum.
Steroids are known to cause Diabetes Secondary to Pancreatitis or Pancreatic Dysfunction but not known to cause Infertility. Do not worry, as you may have to take your medicatons regularly as directed by your Doctor and go for regular follow up. Once you start showing Improvement your Doctor will gradually taper the medicine and stop it. Exercise regularly and eat healthy nutritious balanced diet. This will increase your Immunity and general well being.
Wish you Good Health and Take Care.
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General & Family Physician Dr. Shainaz Arif Kaware's  Response
Hi priya ;
welcome to HealthcareMagic
Prolonged use of steroids can causehypothalamic and pituitary supression;irritation and dryness of skin;hypopigmentation of skin;skin atrophy;skin eruptions and burning sensation of skin so use of steroid should be done with care.In your case if you are taking it for Ulcerative colitis the please ask your doctor how long you need to continue.If he advises to stop then gradually you can reduce the dose of steroid and come out of addiction and there will be no argravation due to withdrawal of steroid but do it under guidance & advice of your doctor.
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