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Adverse effects: Adverse effects are dependent upon dosage and duration of therapy.
Doses in excess of 20 mg daily are immunosuppressive. Infections contracted during therapy can be fatal in the absence of effective treatment.
Long-term treatment at dosages in excess of normal physiological requirements (approximately 10 mg daily) is liable to result in:
stunting of growth in children, which may be averted by giving corticotrophin and selecting alternate-day dosage schedules;
features of hypoercorticalism, including moon face, acne, bruising, abdominal striae, trunkal obesity, muscle wasting, hypertension and amenorrhoea and hirsutism in females;
spinal osteoporosis and vertebral collapse, which may be retarded by giving calcium supplements and small doses of vitamin D;
aseptic osteonecrosis, particularly of the femoral head;
subcapsular cataracts and glaucoma;
development or aggravation of peptic ulcers;
depression and psychosis, with risk of suicide;
raised intracranial pressure and convulsions, particularly in children;
increased coagulability of blood;
delayed tissue healing;
myopathy, characterized by weakness of the proximal musculature of arms and legs.
Psoriasis may be seriously exacerbated on sudden withdrawal of systemic corticosteroid therapy.