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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Even Short-term Oral Steroids Carry Serious Risk

Within 30 days of initiating these drugs, even at relatively low doses, users had a nearly twofold increased risk for fracture, a threefold increased risk for venous thromboembolism, and a fivefold increased risk for sepsis.

"Greater attention to initiating prescriptions of these drugs and monitoring for adverse events may potentially improve patient safety," write Akbar K. Waljee, MD, an assistant professor of gastroenterology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and colleagues. They present their findings in an article published April 12 in the BMJ.


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