Like many other people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), steroids have played a role in my treatment regimen. When I was 12 years old, I had a bad flare that affected my lungs and heart. IV steroids saved my life. All these years later, steroids are still helping me, but now it is through occasional steroid injections when my body needs some extra help.
What are steroids?
Steroids (or corticosteroids) are drugs that resemble the hormone cortisol, which your body produces naturally in your adrenal glands. Steroids decrease inflammation and suppress the immune system. Examples of steroid medication include cortisone, prednisone, and methylprednisolone. They are not the same as anabolic steroids, which are sometimes used illegally in sports.
Steroids can be a valuable tool to prevent progression of diseases that involve inflammation, including for instance vasculitis and myositis, and inflammatory arthritis. When someone experiences inflammation in the kidneys, steroi...
Asthma attacks, especially severe ones, are a constant threat when you have asthma . Many asthmatics end up in the hospital at some point in their lives with asthma symptoms that are out of control. Intensive treatment that goes beyond a few extra puffs from your rescue inhaler is usually the preferred course of action. Emergency care can vary, but may include using a nebulizer with some sort of aerolized bronchodilator and an injection of steroids. If you know the panic of not being able to catch your breath, you've probably also faced the fear of returning home, not knowing if symptoms will ramp up again within a few hours or days. There may be an answer to this very real risk of exacerbation, however. According to their Web site, The Cochrane Library is "an international non-profit and independent organization, dedicated to making up-to-date, accurate information about the effects of health care readily available worldwide." One of their missions is to h...
Generic Name: GUAIFENESIN - ORAL Pronounced: (gwye-FEN-e-sin) Cough Control (Guaifenesin) Oral Uses
Guaifenesin is used to treat coughs and congestion caused
by the common cold, bronchitis, and other breathing illnesses. This product is
usually not used for ongoing cough from smoking or long-term breathing problems
(such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema) unless directed by your doctor.
Guaifenesin is an expectorant. It works by thinning and loosening mucus in the
airways, clearing congestion, and making breathing easier.
If you are self-treating with this medication, it is
important to read the package instructions carefully before you start using
this product to be sure it is right for you. (See also Precautions
Cough-and-cold products have not been shown to be safe or
effective in children younger than 6 years. Therefore, do not use this product
to treat cold symptoms in children younger than 6 years unless specifically
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