The decision to prescribe steroids is always made on an individual basis. Your healthcare provider will consider your age, physical activity, and other medicines you are taking. Your provider will also make sure you understand the potential benefits and risks of steroids before you start taking them.
The potential benefits and risks of steroids vary with:
- The nature and severity of the disease being treated.
- The presence or absence of other treatment alternatives.
- The presence or absence of other significant medical problems.