Steroid Withdrawal Syndrome

Many or most patients with Myositis take Prednisone to reduce muscle inflammation. “Steroid withdrawal syndrome” or “rebound effect” is a potential complication when tapering off long term use of Prednisone. The body has an exaggerated response that can result in fever, muscle pain, joint pain – making it difficult for the patient and the doctor to distinguish between an actual flare of the disease and withdrawal symptoms sometimes leading to an unnecessary increase in Prednisone.

The body has an exaggerated response that can result in fever, muscle pain, joint pain – making it difficult for the patient and the doctor to distinguish between an actual flare of the disease and withdrawal symptoms sometimes leading to an unnecessary increase in Prednisone.

Be sure to work together with your prescribing physician to ensure you are tapering slowly to help avoid Steroid Withdrawl Syndrome.

 

 

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