Journal: Drug Invention Today

Article Id: JPRS-P col-00003547
Title: Awareness about side effects of corticosteroids among dental students – A questionnaire-based study
Category: Pharmacology
Section: Research Article
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    Introduction: Corticosteroids are substances that are naturally produced in our body. They are produced by the adrenal glands and regulate our immune system and the salt-water balance and water in our system and help to reduce inflammation. Corticosteroids include two main classes which are glucocorticoids and mineralocorticoids. Glucocorticoids such as cortisol affect carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism and have anti-inflammatory, immunosuppressive, antiproliferative, and vasoconstrictive effects. Mineralocorticoids such as aldosterone are primarily involved in the regulation of electrolyte and water balance by modulating ion transport in the epithelial cells of the renal tubules of the kidney. Aim: The aim of the study is to assess the awareness of dental students about the harmful effects of corticosteroids. Methodology: A structured, self-assessed online questionnaire eliciting information regarding side effects of corticosteroids was prepared and circulated among the students in Saveetha Dental College and Hospitals. The data collected were tabulated and assessed. Results: Nearly 81% of respondents knew about corticosteroids whereas 19% were not aware of the applications of steroids in dentistry. 72% said they were aware of the adverse effects of this drug while 28% said they were not aware of the side effects of corticosteroids. Conclusion: The present study shows that the majority of the students were aware of what corticosteroids are and their adverse effects and can use this knowledge in their future practices.

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    E. Prasanna Guru1 , Dhanraj Ganapathy2 , R. M. Visalakshi 2

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    1 Department of Prosthodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India,

    2 Department of Prosthodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

    *Corresponding author: Dhanraj Ganapathy, Department of Prosthodontics, Saveetha Dental College, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Saveetha University, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences, Chennai - 600 077, Tamil Nadu, India.

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    E. Prasanna Guru1 , Dhanraj Ganapathy2 , R. M. Visalakshi 2

    Title:Awareness about side effects of corticosteroids among dental students – A questionnaire-based study
    Journal:Drug Invention Today
    Vol(issue):12 (May)
    Year:2019
    Page No: (1008-1012)
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    Methodology:Awareness,side effects
    Research Materials:corticosteroids

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Awareness corticosteroids side effects students

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