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Oral steroids are medications that are taken in pill or syrup form and are commonly used to reduce swelling, inflammation, and mucus production. They are prescribed to help control symptoms of rheumatic diseases (such as osteoarthritis), asthma, and allergies. Some common names for oral steroids are prednisone, prednisolone, and methylprednisone.

Possible side effects
The side effects of steroids depend on the dosage, length of dose, and the individual. They can include headaches, fluid retention, increased appetite, weight gain, irritability, and difficulty sleeping. They may also be associated with an increased risk of diabetes, cataracts, and high blood pressure.

Other Instructions
Be sure to take the medication for the length of time prescribed. It is important to not stop or reduce your prescribed dose before checking with your doctor.