Long-term side effects include thinning and aging of the skin, cataracts, diabetes and osteoporosis. Also it can cause a nasty condition called osteonecrosis in which the bone in one or more major joints (hips, knees, shoulders) dies and begins to necrose, or break down.
Ulcerative colitis forum co-moderator
Moderate to severe left-sided UC diagnosed 2001.
Flared for 5 years, finally in remission with Remicade since March 2006.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from steroids.
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
"My life is an ongoing medical adventure"