Why Can’t I Just Stay on Prednisone? The Long-Term Adverse Effects of Steroids

  • Adam Schiro
  • Daniel J. SteinEmail author


Glucocorticoids have been a mainstay of therapy for inflammatory bowel disease for many years and have proven to be very effective for inducing remission in IBD patients. However, they are fraught with many undesirable side effects that make their long-term use problematic. This chapter reviews the data behind how glucocorticoids can be effective in IBD and also reviews the many different side effects that come with both long-term and short-term usage.


Glucocorticoids Ulcerative colitis Crohn’s disease Osteoporosis Infection Acne Diabetes Hypertension Obesity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Gastroenterology and HepatologyMedical College of WisconsinMilwaukeeUSA

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