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Local steroid injections

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What are local steroid injections and why are they prescribed?

Steroids reduce inflammation. They can be given as tablets or injections. Read more >

What are the possible risks and side-effects of local steroid injections?

Side-effects of local steroid injections can include a temporary flare-up of joint pain, infection, changes in your mood and thinning of the skin. Read more >

Can local steroid injections affect other medicines and treatments?

You can take other medicines with local steroid injections. However, if you’re taking a drug that thins the blood (an anticoagulant) such as warfarin, you may need an extra blood test to make sure that your blood is not too thin to have the injection. This is because of the risk of bleeding into the joint.

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Can I drink alcohol if I've been given local steroid injections?

There's no particular reason to avoid alcohol after local steroid injections.

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