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Celiac Disease and Corticosteroids

Read more about Corticosteroids.

Effect of Corticosteroids on Celiac Disease

Corticosteroids (such as Prednisone) are given to control inflammation of the intestinal lining in severe cases of celiac disease.

How to Use Corticosteroids

Prednisone can be given in tablet or liquid form. It is best taken at the same time (or times) each day. It should be taken with liquid or food to lessen stomach upset.

Side Effects and Warnings

Possible side effects over the short-term include:

  • Poor wound healing
  • Indigestion, nausea, or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Appetite gain or loss
  • Weight gain

Possible side effects of long-term use include:

  • Slowing of growth in children
  • Acne
  • Glaucoma
  • Cataracts
  • Diabetes
  • Thinning of the skin
  • Osteoporosis

If you experience any of these side effects, continue the medications, but contact your doctor.

In addition, these drugs can cause more serious medical problems, including immunosuppression and peptic ulcer disease (if you are also taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Discuss with your physician any signs and symptoms that might indicate a serious medical problem.

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