Health information

Health information

This means infections are more difficult to diagnose at an early stage. These are manufactured versions of the hormones produced by the adrenal glands . They help to control many functions including the immune system, reducing inflammation and blood pressure.

  • This session gives you information on how to manage your condition and symptoms.
  • The amount (dose) and length of steroid treatment is different depending on why you’re having steroids.
  • Bendroflumethiazide is one of the commoner drugs prescribed for raised blood pressure and it is well known to cause diabetes in almost 10 per cent of those taking it.

You may have seen adverts claiming HGH is the next fountain of youth. For adults using HGH for anti-ageing, who don’t have a growth hormone deficiency, there is no reliable evidence of this. • Prader Willi syndrome — A genetic disorder that can cause reduced muscle tone, low sex drive and the feeling of being constantly hungry. Human growth hormone (HGH or GH) is the naturally occurring hormone that helps humans grow.

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Regular screening by having a colonoscopy is important for preventing bowel cancer in people who have had IBD for a long time. Sclerotherapy is a procedure to treat various forms of growths of the blood vessels. These growths are called vascular malformations and they are not cancer. Peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) is surgery for a condition called achalasia.

The dietary advice on this page may not be applicable to you if you have diabetes, have had oral, stomach or bowel surgery or have difficulty chewing or swallowing. If you have been prescribed steroids, Medroxyprogesterone Acetate (Provera) or anti-sickness medication, make sure you take them as prescribed by your hospital team. Do not exceed the maximum dose that you have been prescribed. Life doesn’t just get back to normal after cancer treatment ends.

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BLOOD PRESSURE DRUGSBeta blockers are drugs used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension), anxiety and irregular heart beat. These drugs — which include propranolol, metoprolol and atenolol — work by dampening down the action of the hormone adrenaline on the nervous system. But anti-histamines also affect the receptors in the brain which are thought to govern appetite, making patients more hungry. It also makes people feel sleepy and sluggish, so less active.

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Please ask your doctor for more information about immunisations. The side effects may be reduced by lowering the dose of steroids. People with liver disease are more vulnerable to infection and to poor health overall, so smoking or exposure to passive smoking is not advisable.

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Following a low salt (sodium) diet can also help, but check with your child’s doctor before making any changes to their diet. If your child is taking steroids in tablet form, they will need to take them with food or milk to help prevent irritation to the stomach lining, that can cause stomach ulcers. Our closed Facebook group for parents is a great place to connect with other parents affected by a brain tumour and share your experiences. Skin thinning generally disappears once the dosage is lowered.

These are very different to cortisone and should not be confused (NIDA, 2018). These types of steroids would potentially lead to muscular weight gain, as is the intended purpose. Anabolic steroids cause weight gain through increased muscle tissue production not through increased fat deposition.

If you’re in hospital, you might be moved to a room of your own during treatment to reduce the risk of the infection spreading to others. Hear about coping with diagnosis and treatment, your emotions, social life, education and work. Offer support with appearance-changing side effects for women and men undergoing cancer treatment.