Side-Effects of Medicines

All medicines can cause unwanted side effects. For example, antibiotics such as those in the sulfonamide and penicillin families cause allergic reactions in around five per cent of the population. Skin rashes are a common reaction. However, it may be the illness or the medicines that are to blame for the reaction, and telling the difference is tricky. A further complication is the interaction of any other medicines, including complementary medicines, which the person may be taking.

Some of Its Effects are:

  • may affect the results for certain tests
  • adrenal problems
  • growth suppression in infants, children and adolescents
  • menstrual problems
  • amenorrhoea
  • cushingoid facies
  • hair overgrowth
  • weight gain
  • reduced carbohydrate tolerance with an increased requirement for antidiabetic therapy
  • metabolic problems
  • appetite gain
  • increased risk of getting infections which may become severe – some of these such as chickenpox may be fatal
  • reactivation of tuberculosis
  • osteoporosis
  • bone fractures
  • osteonecrosis
  • tendon rupture
  • muscle problems
  • dependence
  • difficulty sleeping
  • raised intracranial pressure in children
  • worsening of epilepsy
  • eye or eyesight problems
  • indigestion
  • peptic ulcers
  • pancreatitis
  • infections
  • healing problems
  • thinning of the skin
  • bruising
  • telangiectasia
  • striae
  • acne
  • hypersensitivity reactions including anaphylaxis
  • flushing
  • itching
  • withdrawal symptoms can occur when this medicine is stopped. These include fever, muscle and joint pain, rhinitis, conjunctivitis, weight loss or painful, itchy skin. If the dose of Hydrocortisone Sodium Phosphate is reduced too rapidly serious problems can occur including adrenal problems, lowered blood pressure or death
  • diabetes in the elderly
  • fluid retention
  • worsening of diabetes
  • worsening of osteoporosis
  • worsening of eye infections or other eye or eyesight problems
  • worsening of raised blood pressure
  • raised blood pressure
  • paraesthesiae – this may happen all over the body or may only be around the genital areas
  • hiding symptoms of infection
  • blood problems
  • thromboembolism
  • psychiatric or psychological problems such as; feeling irritable; euphoria; depression; mood swings; thoughts of committing suicide; psychotic reactions; mania; delusions; hallucination; worsening of schizophrenia; behavioural disturbances; feeling anxious; sleep disturbances; memory problems; or confusion. Seek medical advice if you develop any of these symptoms. Psychiatric or psychological problems may also occur when stopping Hydrocortisone Sodium Phosphate

Things to remember

  • Unwanted side effects can be caused by all kinds of medicines, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, and complementary medicines such as herbal preparations and vitamins.
  • If you are worried about any medicines you are taking, you should seek immediate medical attention.
  • Taking some complementary medicines and prescription medicines at the same time can increase the risk of side effects, because the active ingredients in the various preparations can clash.
  • Tell your doctor about all the medicines you are taking, including prescription, over-the-counter and complementary. You may like to have an annual review of all your medications.

~ Please consult a doctor before taking any medicine and Ignore medicines, If you could possibly ~

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