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Patient Education

Steroids for Those with Duchenne

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source: CureDuchenne


Corticosteroids are prescribed for multiple diagnoses to a wide variety of patients. Long term administration of corticosteroids may lead to suppression of the hypothalamicpituitary- adrenal (HPA) axis. Rapid reduction or abrupt withdrawal of corticosteroid therapy that has been prolonged or at high doses can cause secondary adrenal insufficiency (suppression of the HPA axis), and steroid withdrawal or deprivation syndrome.

Recovery from suppression of the HPA axis after discontinuing corticosteroids can be prolonged (possibly 6 to 12 months) and may vary based on doses, dosing schedules and duration of corticosteroid therapy.


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