Complications of corticosteroid therapy

Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol. 1994;251(3):131-6. doi: 10.1007/BF00181824.


The biochemistry and pharmacology of corticosteroids are reviewed as related to their clinical use, inclusive of head and neck disease. Complications and their management are discussed, as is a dosage regimen considered useful for most patients. Alternate-day corticosteroid therapy is stressed, especially in the long-term management of autoimmune and inflammatory disorders.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / adverse effects
  • Autoimmune Diseases / drug therapy
  • Glucocorticoids / adverse effects*
  • Glucocorticoids / chemistry
  • Glucocorticoids / pharmacology
  • Glucocorticoids / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Immunosuppressive Agents / adverse effects
  • Inflammation / drug therapy
  • Steroids


  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents
  • Glucocorticoids
  • Immunosuppressive Agents
  • Steroids