What are steroid injections and why are they prescribed?
Steroids reduce inflammation. They can be given as tablets or injections. Read more
How do I have steroid injections and how long do they take to work?
Steroid injections are given by your healthcare professional when necessary. Short-acting steroids can give relief within hours and should last for at least a week. Longer-acting steroids may take around a week to become effective but can ease your symptoms for 2 months or longer. Read more
What are the possible risks and side-effects of 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 steroid injections affect other medicines and treatments?
You can take other medicines with 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. Read more
Can I drink alcohol if I've been given steroid injections?
There’s no particular reason to avoid alcohol after steroid injections. Read more
Can steroid injections affect fertility, pregnancy or breastfeeding?
Current guidelines state that steroids are not harmful in pregnancy or breastfeeding so single steroid injections shouldn't affect fertility, pregnancy or breastfeeding and can be useful treatments in this situation. If however, you're pregnant or breastfeeding you should discuss it with your doctor before having a steroid injection. Read more