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How long do steroids take to get eliminated from the body?

Answered by: Dr Chandra M Gulhati

Editor, MIMS, New Delhi

Q. If we have taken steroids, how long will it take to eliminate them from the body? Secondly, is it possible to remove loose skin, which develops with weight reduction?

A.  There are different types of steroids available in different formulations (tablets, suspension, nasal spray etc). Their elimination time from the body can vary. However, their side effects are likely to remain for months and sometimes years (such as high blood pressure, diabetes). The best way to loose weight it by gradual reduction so that skin has the time to adjust. If excessive and troublesome, then surgical intervention may be the answer.

A.  There are different types of steroids available in different formulations (tablets, suspension, nasal spray etc). Their elimination time from the body can vary. However, their side effects are likely to remain for months and sometimes years (such as high blood pressure, diabetes). The best way to loose weight it by gradual reduction so that skin has the time to adjust. If excessive and troublesome, then surgical intervention may be the answer.

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