Help I have a friend who is a gym goer Im not sure of his quantity or how long he has been taking steroids, but stopped recently because he had really bad neck pain. No dr or scan, ultrasound etc showed anything. Put on huge pain killer amounts didnt help alot but felt after about six weeks some relief. Until today when he thinks a prior knee issue has flared up. If this a result of steroid abuse how long before it heals? Im pretty sure he wont touch them again. He can handle all over aches and pains but these last two injuries have had him off work.
Patients taking anticonvulsants such as phenobarbitone, phenytoin and carbamazepine together with their oral contraceptive steroid may suffer contraceptive failure because of the enzyme-inducing properties of these anticonvulsants. We have examined, in six women, the effect of sodium valproate, an effective broad spectrum anticonvulsant, on the area under the plasma concentration versus time profile (AUC) of ethinyloestradiol (EE2) and levonorgestrel (Ng). Prior to sodium valproate therapy the mean AUC for EE2 was 880 +/- 109 pg/ml X h (+/- .) and for levonorgestrel it was +/- ng/ml X h (n = 4). Between two and four months after sodium valproate therapy the mean AUC figures had not changed significantly, the figure for EE2 being 977 +/- 130 pg/ml X h and for levonorgestrel +/- ng/ml X h (p greater than or equal to in each case). We conclude that sodium valproate in the dose used (200 mg .) does not interact with oral contraceptive steroids.