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cortisone oral (cortone acetate)

available over the counter: no

uses: treatment of numerous conditions which involve inflammation (arthritis, allergic conditions, asthma, skin diseases, multiple sclerosis flare ups, other autoimmune disorders)

mechanism of action: mimics effects of body's natural corticosteroids, and reduces production, release and activity of inflammatory chemicals; suppresses immune system

side effects
• common:
increased appetite, indigestion, nervousness, insomnia, slow healing of wounds
• less common: dizziness, headache, increased sweating, growth of facial hair, adrenal insufficiency
• serious: visual difficulties, increased thirst and urination, rectal bleeding, confusion, blistering skin, euphoria, depression

concerns: avoid immunization with live virus, as it lowers resistance to infection

 

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