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Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
On-line version ISSN 1806-4841
FREITAS, Thais Helena Proença de and SOUZA, Daniella Abbruzzini Ferreira de. Systemic corticosteroids in dermatological practice. Part II: strategies to minimize adverse effects. An. Bras. Dermatol. [online]. 2007, vol.82, n.2, pp. 177-182. ISSN 1806-4841. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0365-05962007000200010.
The beneficial effects of systemic corticosteroids in treatment and/or control of several skin diseases are unquestionable. Nevertheless, dermatologists should be aware of the main adverse effects of these drugs and do what is necessary to avoid any harm to patients. The authors report the measures physicians should take before and during glucocorticoid therapy, so that any complications be immediately diagnosed and treated.
Keywords : Adrenal insufficiency; Diabetes mellitus; Glucocorticoids; Glucocorticoids [adverse effects]; Hypertension; Osteonecrosis; Osteoporosis; Strongyloidiasis; Tuberculosis.