Large study highlights corticosteroids risks

Even short courses of low-dose oral corticosteroids are risky, according to new evidence.

A large population-based study of 1.5 million US adults has found that short-term use is linked to “significantly higher rates of sepsis, venous thromboembolism and fracture”.

The researchers note that prescriptions for fewer than 30 days are widespread and commonly practised by both GPs and specialists for URTIs, spinal conditions and allergies.

“Within 30 days of corticosteroid initiation, the incidence of acute adverse events that result in major morbidity and