Frequent discussion of insomnia and weight gain with glucocorticoid therapy: an analysis of Twitter posts


Social media: Twitter posts track common side effects of steroid therapy Patients on steroid drugs often complain of insomnia and weight gain on Twitter, offering a window into commonly experienced side effects. William Dixon from the University of Manchester, UK, and colleagues searched for mentions of either prednisolone or prednisone on Twitter between October 2012 and June 2015. They documented around 20,000 tweets on the social media platform that contained discussion of an adverse drug reaction. The top side effects cited were “insomnia” and “weight increased”, both of which constituted a larger proportion of total steroid-related complaints on Twitter than in the official UK regulator’s reporting scheme. Serious side effects were mentioned less frequently on Twitter. The findings show the power of social media data to identify the side effects impacting quality of life among patients

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