Some of the more common long-term side effects of high-dose steroid administration in growing children are listed here. It is important to note that different people will have very different responses to steroids. The key to successful steroid management is to be aware of the potential side effects and work to prevent them or reduce them where possible. Reduction in steroid dose is necessary if side effects are unmanageable or intolerable. If this is unsuccessful, then further reduction or a change to another dosing regimen is necessary before abandoning treatment altogether.
Information based on consensus statement (published in January 2010)