CORTICOSTEROIDS Back

Medications

Cortisone, Prednisone, and Methylprednisolone and others

Description

Corticosteroids are man-made drugs that closely resemble cortisol, a hormone that your adrenal glands produce naturally. Corticosteroids are often referred to by the shortened term "steroids." Corticosteroids are different from the male hormone-related steroid compounds that some athletes abuse.

Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletions
  • Folic acid
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin B6
  • Calcium
Symptoms of Depletion

Folic Acid

  • Megaloblastic anemia
  • Birth defects
  • Cervical dysplasia,
  • Elevated homocysteine
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Hair loss
  • Increased infections

Magnesium

  • Muscle cramps
  • Weakness
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of appetite
  • GI disorders
  • Kidney stones
  • Osteoporosis
  • Nervousness
  • Restlessness
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Fatigue
  • High blood pressure

Vitamin C

  • Capillary fragility
  • Muscle weakness
  • Tender, swollen joints
  • Easy bruising
  • Gums that bleed easily

Vitamin D

  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Insomnia
  • Decreased immunity


Vitamin B6

  • Depression
  • Low energy

Calcium

  • Muscle cramps
  • Heart palpitations
  • High blood pressure
  • Brittle and soft bones
  • Insomnia
  • Leg and back pain

RECOMMENDED SUPPLEMENTATION:

Alpha Base Multivitamin
Additional Supplementation

None

Dietary Supplements that have Potential for Interactions with Drug (or Drug Class)**

None

*Suggested supplements that may support overall health and are not at all intended to replace any prescription medications.

**These supplements listed may have the potential to interact with the drug or drug class. Use caution or avoid these supplements unless approved by your physician or preferred health care provider.