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Addiction and Substance Abuse

Steriods

10/18/2007

Question:

My husband and I are trying to conceive. He had been taking a steriod (Drex Pak 13day supply) for an allergic reaction, should this medication be totally out of his system before we conceive?

Answer:

There are three types of steroids: sex steroids, corticosteroids and anabolic steroids. Sex steroids, also known as sex hormones, determine sex characteristics and regulate reproduction. Corticosteroids control carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism, inhibit the immune system, and control salt and water balance in the body. Anabolic steroids increase muscle and bone production.

The DexPak your husband is taking belongs in the corticosteroid class. It has no effect on reproduction, aside from the possible side effect of increased or decreased sperm production while taking the drug.

Submitted by Nelson Ye, Pharm D Candidate
The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy

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Response by:

Carmen M Hadley, RPh, CSPI
Former Clinical Instructor
College of Pharmacy
The Ohio State University