Pharmacology - Frequently asked questions on anti-inflammatory drugs

In general, you need to remember that
1. These are corticosteroids or glucocorticoids and that they suppress the immune system in addition to their anti-inflammatory activity. Thus latent infections such as tuberculosis may go systemic or opportunistic infections such as Candidiasis may become more of a problem
2. Side effect profile: gastric ulcers, immunosuppression, acute adrenal insufficiency, osteoporosis, hyperglycemia, redistribution of body fat