Use of Steroids in Medicine - Medical Uses for Steroids

Updated on 17 Aug 2009,
Published on 17 Aug 2009

Everyone in today’s world has heard and learnt about steroids, only few people have the knowledge about the ill effects of steroids. How much harm can it cause to the humans today and ruin a person’s life? Despite the number of side effects, steroids are prescribed by physicians for the treatment of a number of diseases. Patients ignore the harmful side-effects to gain some considerable relief. It is one of the most effective treatments for cancer patients that helps to relieve painful symptoms.  Along with its side-effects, steroid drugs and its therapeutic usage are gaining popularity day by day.

Steroids are male sex hormone called testosterone. These steroids are known as anabolic steroids, which have several beneficial medical usages. In diseases like testicular cancer, the patient needs to remove the testes. With technology becoming more advanced, men have been able to produce synthetic steroids that help to generate secondary sexual characters. During adolescence, some men come across the problems of pituitary malfunctions. In such conditions anabolic steroids are injected for the treatment.

Patients with certain kinds of surgery and cancer, have problems of loss of muscle tissues. In such cases, patients are prescribed to use anabolic steroids with appropriate diet and exercising regularly to promote building of muscle tissues. Females having strong desire of transsexual who wants a permanent masculinized physical feature engulf high doses of anabolic steroids. In United States of America, anabolic steroids are not officially approved to use for medical purposes. It is believed that some day man will be able to use anabolic steroids as male contraceptives orally. So far researches of such a useful drug have been paused.

UT Southern Medical Center scientist have found out that when corticosteroids are added to traditional antimicrobial therapy for patients suffering from pneumonia enhances in recovering faster comparing to antibiotic alone. Corticosteroids are useful in treating inflammation due to infectious diseases such as bacterial meningitis. However, steroids therapy is sometimes found to be ineffective or even harmful.

Steroids are found to be used for its medical purposes in veterinary as well. They are very effective in treating diseases like Addison’s diseases, head spinal trauma, inflammation in the eye, autoimmune diseases, lymphoma and inflammatory bowel diseases as well.

Some researchers have shown the result that steroids can be use for the treatment of vestibular neuritis that causes dizziness, nausea, hormone imbalance due to viral infection. Steroids play a major role in helping patients who had gone through organ transplant but with significant side-effects. Use of steroids brings about a number of side-effects like infections, high blood pressure, elevated blood cholesterol and even impaired growth in young patients. Recent studies have found out that children with liver transplant are much better if steroids are not given to them.

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