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 Herbal Medicine: Herbal Therapy & the Adrenal Glands 

Weight gain: Restrict calorie intake; may require a change in steroid medication: may require a diuretic.

Edema: May require diuretics and potassium.

Potassium loss: Use potassium supplement.

Acne: Treat with topical medications.

Urinary frequency and nocturia: Check for evidence of genitourinary infection or diabetes mellitus; urinalysis

Insomnia, headache, fatigue, euphoria. Treat symptomatically.
Side Effects of Steroid Therapy - considered undesirable and dangerous by the prescriber,

Nature of Effect Action

Allergic reaction to ACTH or steroid: Withdraw drug promptly. Substitute steroid or synthetic ACTH.

Cardiovascular system effects

  • Hypertension: Suggest reduction in dosage of steroids.

Thromboembolic complications

  • Arthritis

Infection: Suggest anti-microbial medications as indicated.

Eye complications:

  • Glaucoma - refer to ophthalmologist.
  • Corneal lesions
  • Subcapsular cataract
Musculoskeletal effects:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Pathologic fractures
  • Growth suppression
  • Myopathies

Central nervous system

  • Seizures: refer to neurologist.
  • Neuritis
  • Psychotic reactions
  • Adrenal insufficiency (after steroid withdrawal)

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