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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

AlertCoronavirus / COVID-19

If you have a new continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss or change to your sense of taste or smell, do not come to our hospitals. Follow the national advice.

Please find information on our services and visiting restrictions in our COVID-19 section.

Patients and visitors must wear a face covering in our hospitals.

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Oral steroids

These are sometimes used to control inflammation quickly while waiting for a disease modifying drug (such as methotrexate) to work.

The dose and duration of treatment with oral steroids depends on the severity of inflammation, but in all cases we will give a plan for reducing (weaning) the dose over time.

Advice for prolonged use or high doses

If on high dose or prolonged steroids, we advise that you:

  • Carry a steroid card and inform anyone looking after you that you are taking steroids, should you become unwell or require an operation.
  • Do not stop the steroids suddenly. This will cause a severe flare of the inflammation and other harmful affects.
  • Do not have live vaccinations.
  • Let us know via the advice line if there has been contact with chicken pox.
  • Use ways to avoid weight gain.
  • Take calcium and vitamin D to keep bones strong