MULTIPLE ADVERSE EFFECTS OF BETAMETHASONE USED AS SELF-MEDICATION: A CASE REPORT


Kavitha Pawar, Dr. Alamelu Haran, Dr. Pratibha Nadig

Abstract


 

Corticosteroids are commonly prescribed as anti-inflammatory, immunosuppressant and replacement therapy. Adverse effects of corticosteroids are
widely recognized. However, due to easy availability and relief offered, they are identified as one of the oral drugs abused by the patients. Here, we
describe a case of multiple adverse effects with long-term use of corticosteroid in a single patient used as self-medication. Hypothalamic pituitary
adrenal axis suppression, hypertension, osteopenia, hypothyroidism, cushingoid features, lymphocytopenia were the adverse effects, which were
suspected to be induced by oral betamethasone that was prescribed initially for exacerbation of intermittent breathlessness in a patient suffering
from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Keywords: Betamethasone, Hypertension, Hypothyroidism, Osteopenia and hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis suppression.


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Title

MULTIPLE ADVERSE EFFECTS OF BETAMETHASONE USED AS SELF-MEDICATION: A CASE REPORT

Date

01-03-2015

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Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Clinical Research
Vol 8 Issue 2 (March - April) 2015 Page: 11-12

Print ISSN

0974-2441

Online ISSN

2455-3891

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Authors & Affiliations

Kavitha Pawar
Technical Associate, Pharmacovigilance Programme of India Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, 82 EPIP Area, Nallurahalli, Whitefield, Bangalore-560066.
India

Dr. Alamelu Haran
HoD & Prof. Pulmonary medicine Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, #18, Nallurahalli, Near BMTC 18th Bus Depot, EPIP Area, Whitefield, Bangalore – 560066 Karnataka State, India.

Dr. Pratibha Nadig
Professor, Department of Pharmacology Address: Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, #18, Nallurahalli, Near BMTC 18th Bus Depot, EPIP Area, Whitefield, Bangalore – 560066 Karnataka State, India


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