What is Cortisone?

The Cortisone is used in case of severe allergies, arthritis, asthma, multiple sclerosis, skin problems and many other ailments.

What is Cortisone?

Cortisone works by reducing or preventing the formation of inflammations and modifying the body’s response to some immune stimuli.

How is Cortisone taken?

Typically Cortisone is administered orally or through intramuscular injections. In addition, there are ways in the form of creams, ointments or eye drops .

Side effects of Cortisone

Possible side effects of cortisone include:

  • insomnia
  • dizziness or light-headedness
  • headache
  • increased appetite
  • increased sweating
  • digestive difficulties
  • nervousness

It is good to contact a doctor immediately in case of:

  • rash
  • urticaria
  • itch
  • breathing difficulties
  • feeling of tightness in the chest
  • swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue
  • black stool
  • changes in the menstrual cycle
  • chest pain
  • pain or increased pressure in the eye
  • fever, chills or sore throat
  • bone or joint pain
  • mood or mental problems
  • muscle pain or weakness
  • convulsions
  • severe or persistent nausea or vomiting
  • stomach pain or swelling
  • swelling of feet or legs
  • weight gain or loss
  • vision problems
  • vomit that looks like coffee


Cortisone should not be taken in case of systemic fungal infection or taking mifepristone.

Before starting to take it, it is important to tell your doctor:

  • of any allergies to the active substance, to its excipients or to any other drug or food
  • of the other medicines, phytotherapy and supplements you are taking, in particular aprepitants, barbiturates, carbamazepine, idantoins, rifampicin, clarithromycin, azole antifungals, steroidal contraceptives, troleandromycin, methotrexate, ritodrine, mifepristone, live vaccines, anticoagulants
  • if you suffer (or have suffered) from hypothyroidism, kidney or heart problems, high blood pressure, inflammation of the esophagus, stomach problems, intestinal problems, mood or mental health problems, measles, chicken pox, ophthalmic herpes and various infections
  • in case of recent tuberculosis or positive skin test for tuberculosis
  • if you are planning a vaccination
  • if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

It is also important to inform doctors, surgeons and dentists about taking cortisone.

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