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Sarcoidosis (cont.)

Follow-up

Frequent check-ups are important so that the doctor can monitor the illness and, if necessary, adjust the treatment. Corticosteroids, for example, can have side effects:

  • mood swings,
  • swelling of the face and belly caused by shifting of fat deposits
  • weight gain because the treatment tends to make the body hold on to water;
  • high blood pressure;
  • high blood sugar (hyperglycemia); and
  • more intense cravings for food.
  • Cataract development
  • Low potassium levels in the blood

Long-term use can affect the stomach, skin, and bones. This situation can bring on stomach pain, an ulcer, or acne, or cause the loss of calcium from bones. However, if the corticosteroid is taken in carefully prescribed low doses, the benefits from the treatment are usually far greater than any associated side effects.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/28/2014

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