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Each user experiences their own unique feelings when using steroids and coming off the drug. When someone chooses to stop using they can experience a variety of withdrawal symptoms linked to addiction. Symptoms can include mood swings, fatigue, restlessness, loss of appetite, insomnia, reduced sex drive, the desire to take more steroids, and depression. Evidence for steroid addiction is certainly not as strong as it is for other drugs like cocaine or heroin. Though it is clear that people develop a tolerance and dependence on them and willingly experience negative consequences when using steroids - both of which are signs for drug dependence.
i used hydrocortisone butyrate on my face for about 2yrs. it was given to me for a patch under my face. i was told it would help my dry skin so every day i used it morning and night. this year i started getting patches on my face which the hydrocortisone did nothing to help. i was given a week of prednisone. my face cleared up beautifully until the last day of predisone. the next 3 days after finishing the pill my face blew up!! it was so red,literally like a thousand bumps under the skin and my face felt like sandpaper and was a bit swollen. i was given fluocinolone acetinide ointment to take till i "cleared up". noone at all mentioned over the past 2yrs the possibility of steroid rosacea. used that ointment till april. wasnt doing much cuz i would still get patchy and swollen. went to a new derm thats when i was put on doxycycline and elidel.