Steroid psychosis nhs

Corticosteroid myopathy presents as weakness and wasting of the proximal limb and girdle muscles and is generally reversible following cessation of therapy.

Corticosteroids inhibit intestinal calcium absorption and increase urinary calcium excretion leading to bone resorption and bone loss. Bone loss of 3% over one year has been demonstrated with prednisolone 10 mg per day. Postmenopausal females are particularly at risk for loss of bone density. Sixteen percent of elderly patients treated with corticosteroids for 5 years may experience vertebral compression fractures. One author reported measurable bone loss over two years in women on concomitant therapy with prednisolone mg per day and tamoxifen. [ Ref ]

Nebulisers are machines that turn the liquid form of your short-acting bronchodilator medicines into a fine mist, like an aerosol. You breathe this in with a face mask or a mouthpiece. Nebulisers are no more effective than normal inhalers. However, they are extremely useful in people who are very tired (fatigued) with their breathing, or people who are very breathless. Nebulisers are used mainly in hospital for severe attacks of COPD when large doses of inhaled medicines are needed. They are used less commonly than in the past, as modern spacer devices are usually just as good as nebulisers for giving large doses of inhaled medicines. You do not need any co-ordination to use a nebuliser - you just breathe in and out, and you will breathe the medicine in.

Register for alerts
If you have registered for alerts, you should use your registered email address as your username

  • Citation tools Download this article to citation manager Jenkins Simon . My route to a steroid psychosis BMJ 1999; 318 :67
    • BibTeX (win & mac) Download
    • EndNote (tagged) Download
    • EndNote 8 (xml) Download
    • RefWorks Tagged (win & mac) Download
    • RIS (win only) Download
    • Medlars Download
    Help If you are unable to import citations, please contact technical support for your product directly (links go to external sites):

    Steroid psychosis nhs

    steroid psychosis nhs

    Media: