Instructions on How to Inject a Corticosteroid Shot
1. Follow your doctor’s instructions for usage. Always take corticosteroids exactly as prescribed and never alter the dosage or stop taking them without consulting your doctor.
2. Take corticosteroids exactly as prescribed. Speak with your doctor as to how to take your medications, including regimen and number of doses in a day (as well as when to take them).
3. Monitor your health carefully while taking corticosteroids and report any changes to your doctor. Symptoms of adverse reactions to corticosteroids can include depression, dizziness, insomnia, changes to vision and steroid-induced psychosis.
4. If you are prescribed corticosteroids and decide to substitute them for another drug, let your physician know before making the change.
5. Avoid taking corticosteroids and alcohol at the same time. Doing so can increase the potency of the drugs.
6. Store corticosteroids at room temperature. Be sure to read all labels carefully, since some corticosteroids require special storage.
7. Discuss any concerns you have about taking corticosteroids with your doctor. He or she will help you understand the risks and benefits.
8. Never give corticosteroids to other people without a physician’s guidance. Everyone reacts differently to medications, so sharing corticosteroids could be harmful.