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The term “glucocorticoids” (GCs) represents both naturally secreted hormones by adrenal cortex and anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive agents. Systemic glucocorticoids are an essential therapy for a range of conditions, but their multiple side effects can produce significant morbidity for patients. Cushing’s syndrome, adrenal suppression, hyperglycemia, dyslipidemia, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, psychiatric disturbances, and immunosuppression are among the most important side effects which are significantly noticeable at high doses for prolonged periods. Dr. Ganapathi Bantwal, Professor & Head of Dept. of Endocrinology helps us understand these crucial parameters to effectively manage glucocorticoid side effects.
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