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Steroids side-effects

Steroids are often used to help manage some of the symptoms of brain tumours and their treatments. 

Often, steroids are prescribed to help reduce swelling around your tumour, particularly after neurosurgery or radiotherapy. This can help reduce headaches, sickness or nausea and seizures.

The steroids used during brain tumour treatment are NOT anabolic steroids, which are used by some athletes to build muscle.

What are the side-effects of steroids?

As with many medications, steroids affect different people in different ways. The effect will also depend on the type and dosage of steroid prescribed for your child.

Please remember your child should NOT stop taking steroids without advice from their doctor.

Side effects of steroid tablets can include:

  • indigestion or heartburn
  • increased appetite, which could lead to weight gain
  • difficulty sleeping
  • changes in mood and behaviour, such as feeling irritable or anxious
  • an increased risk of infections – especially chickenpox, shingles and measles
  • high blood sugar or diabetes
  • high blood pressure
  • eye conditions, such as glaucoma.

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