Corticosteroid (Oral)

Oral Corticosteroids are used to treat inflammation resulting from a host of underlying conditions, such as arthritis, psoriasis, asthma, and more.

Overview

Oral Corticosteroid reduces inflammation throughout the body. Unlike its topical counterpart, the oral version of Corticosteroid is a prescription only medicine that treats mild to severe forms of inflammation as a result of certain underlying illnesses. A few examples include:

• Eczema
• Psoriasis
• Asthma
• Arthritis

This isn’t an all-inclusive list, and for the most part, Corticosteroids are used in conjunction with other medicines to alleviate the conditions being treated.

The body naturally produces this substance to aid in maintaining optimal health. At times, there may deficiencies, however, which result in several symptoms. To resolve, doctors prescribe Corticosteroid.

The oral form of Corticosteroid is available under the U.S. brand name Aristocort. There are other well-known names that doctors or pharmacists dispense, including:

• Decadron
• Bubbli-Pred
• Cotolone
• Methylpred-DP
• Entocort EC
• Prednicot
• Celestone
• Deltasone
• Cortone Acetate
• Medrol
• Prelone
• Dexamethasone Intensol
• Florinef Acetate

Aristocort is otherwise known as triamcinolone (oral) and it is supplied in a range of formats, including as a tablet, syrup, suspension liquid, extended or delayed-release capsule, and more. Moreover, there are subdivisions of this medicine that are designed for differing levels of anti-inflammatory activity. Read more in 'dosage' below to learn more.

As a synopsis, your doctor may prescribe any of the following Aristocort treatments based on a detailed medical audit:

• Betamethasone
• Dexamethasone
• Hydrocortisone
• Methylprednisolone
• Prednisolone
• Prednisone

The Main Conditions Treated Include:

• Menstrual Disorder
• Convulsion
• Abdominal Rigidity
• Sleep Disorder
• Chronic Myeloid Leukemia
• Osteoarthritis
• Increased Appetite
• Migraine Prophylaxis
• Fluid Replacement
• Osteopenia
• Irritable Bowel Syndrome
• Arthralgia
• Constipation Prophylaxis
• Diabetic Gastroparesis
• Malignant Melanoma
• Abscess
• Dermatitis Atopic
• Colorectal Cancer Metastatic
• Sepsis
• Dyspnea
• Contraception
• Asymptomatic HIV Infection
• Product Used For Unknown Indication
• Psoriatic Arthroplasty
• Lung Infiltration
• Prophylaxis
• Angiogram Retina
• Psoriasis
• Multiple Sclerosis
• Thrombocytopenia
• Ankylosing Spondylitis
• Thyroid Disorder
• Seasonal Allergy
• Age-Related Macular Degeneration
• Rhinitis Allergic
• Diabetes Mellitus
• Musculoskeletal Pain
• Skin Disorder
• Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
• Depression
• Blood Pressure
• Pain
• Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura
• Premenstrual Syndrome
• Dermatitis Contact
• Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
• Cough
• Infection Prophylaxis
• Sacroiliitis
• Eczema
• Hepatitis B
• Abdominal Pain Upper
• Endometriosis
• Exostosis
• Back Pain
• Rosacea
• Coronary Artery Bypass
• Excoriation
• Hyperlipidaemia
• Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
• Lung Disorder
• Gastrointestinal Motility Disorder
• Pruritus
• Hypersensitivity
• Computerised Tomogram
• Head Injury
• Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging
• Anxiety
• Cardiac Operation
• Smoking Cessation Therapy
• Hepatic Neoplasm Malignant
• Catheterisation Cardiac
• Retinal Vascular Thrombosis
• Abdominal Distension
• Nutritional Support
• Stomatitis
• Gastrooesophageal Reflux Disease
• Muscle Spasms
• Osteoporosis
• Multiple Myeloma
• Lung Infection
• Muscle Spasticity
• Hypothyroidism
• Deep Vein Thrombosis
• Hiv Infection
• Gastritis
• Neck Pain
• Hidradenitis
• Impaired Gastric Emptying
• Nausea
• Crohn's Disease
• Porphyria
• Pancreatic Enzymes
• Supraventricular Tachycardia
• Lymphoma
• Acne
• Hypertension
• Asthma
• Thrombosis Prophylaxis
• Rheumatoid Arthritis
• Constipation
• Tachyarrhythmia
• Swelling
• Parenteral Nutrition
• Major Depression
• Mydriasis
• Decreased Appetite
• Migraine
• Tinea Pedis
• Diuretic Therapy
• Wheezing
• Thromboembolectomy
• Rash
• Infection
• Metastases To Central Nervous System
• Abdominal Pain
• Atrial Fibrillation
• Vomiting
• Joint Injury
• Dry Eye
• Abdominal Pain Lower
• Hepatitis C
• Urticaria

The Main Benefits of Corticosteroids

The primary advantages of taking prescription Corticosteroids include the reduction of:

• Inflammation
• Skin Redness, Itching, and Irritation
• Hypersensitivities

How It Works

To prevent inflammation in the body, Corticosteroids that are taken by mouth essentially block substances that are released into the body which cause inflammation.

Condition(s) Treated?

  • Asthma, Dermatological Issues, Skin Disorders, Ulcerative Colitis, and Arthritis

Type of Medicine?

  • Steroid

Side Effects

Corticosteroid could cause a number of side effects, ranging from mild to severe. In most cases, the side effects subside the more patients use the medicine. However, serious side effects should be addressed right away. Read the warnings below to learn more.

The Most Common Side Effects of Oral Corticosteroid Include:

• Appetite Changes
• Stomach Discomfort
• Feeling Nervous or Restless
• Acne
• Insomnia
• Moodiness
• Dry Skin
• Skin That Bruises Easily or Becomes Discolored
• Perspiration
• Delayed Healing of Cuts or Wounds
• Feeling Dizzy or Faint
• Headaches
• Nausea or Distended Stomach
• Feeling Weak
• Sudden Weight Gain

Rare Side Effects of Corticosteroid

Some of the rare side effects of oral Corticosteroid include:

• Acute or Chronic Depression
• Bloody Mucus
• Changes in Stool Color (Dark or Tarry)
• Changes in Vision
• Hiccups
• Hypertension or High Blood Pressure
• Low Potassium
• Low Potassium
• Pain in the Joints
• Seizure
• Sudden Weight Gain
• Upset Stomach or Pancreatitis

Low Potassium

One of the reasons your doctor will tell you to eat a potassium-rich diet while taking Corticosteroid is due to the possible risk of developing a potassium deficiency. Some of the telltale signs of this condition include:

• Feeling Confused
• Abnormal Heartbeat
• Dehydration
• Changes in Urine Output (More)
• Weak Muscles
• High Blood Pressure

Long-Term Use and Side Effects

Using oral forms of Corticosteroid could result in adverse effects. In patients that are treated for a prolonged period of time (defined as 12 weeks or longer), distinctive side effects may arise. As a result, the dose is usually prescribed in the lowest amount for the shortest period of time depending on the patient’s unique needs.

Risks of Infections

One of the primary concerns when taking oral Corticosteroid is its immune-lowering abilities. This medicine, particularly when it is used for a prolonged period of time, generally weakens the immune system’s response or resistance to bacteria and viruses.

It’s one of the main reasons your doctor will tell you to avoid coming into contact with sick individuals or household members who have been recently vaccinated with live viruses.

During treatment, pay attention to the warning signs of acquired infections, such as a sore throat, spikes in temperature, or symptoms that mimic a cold or flu. In this event, contact your doctor for medical advice.

When to Call a Doctor

Though most side effects subside with time, it is critical for patients to know when to call a doctor. The below list outlines when medical intervention is required:

• Difficulty Breathing – Could be a sign of a serious allergic reaction
• Changing Body Shape – Look for fat deposits in new areas
• Skin Sensitivities – Call a doctor if you bruise easily or notice thin or discolored looking skin
• Hormonal Related Changes – More acne breakouts or rapid facial hair growth possibly signals hormonal imbalances
• Menstrual Changes – Tell your doctor if your normal cycle has changed
• Impotence – Inform your physician of a low sex drive or erectile dysfunction

Dosage

There are various forms of oral Corticosteroids prescribed based on its anti-inflammatory activity. These include:

• Prednisone
• Prednisolone
• Methylprednisolone
• Betamethasone
• Hydrocortisone
• Dexamethasone

The dosage amounts differ based on a number of factors, including the type Corticosteroid, the medication strength, how long the patient will use the medicine, and many other variables, such as underlying illnesses, patient’s age, and weight.

Standard Doses for Betamethasone (Syrups, Tablets, Effervescent Tablets):

• Adults: 9 mg | 1X Daily at Breakfast Time| 2 Months
• Teens: 9 mg | 1X Daily at Breakfast Time| 2 Months
• Children: Varies by Patient and Doctor’s Discretion

Note: In teens and adults, the dosage may be modified after the preliminary rounds are complete. In such cases, the reduced dose is generally 6 mg of Betamethasone once daily.

Standard Doses for Budesonide (Extended-Release Capsules):

• Adults: 9 mg | 1X Daily at Breakfast Time| 2 Months
• Teens: Varies by Patient and Doctor’s Discretion
• Children: Varies by Patient and Doctor’s Discretion

Note: These dosage amounts apply to Budesonide dispensed as an extended-release capsule taken orally. Similar to Betamethasone, the prescribed amounts are typically lowered following eight weeks of use – down to 6 mg daily for adults.

When taking Budesonide doses, it is important to swallow the capsule as-is without crushing or breaking it up, as this will counteract its extended-release feature. The extended release works by dispensing small amounts throughout a 24-hour timespan and helps to keep symptoms of pain and inflammation under control all day long.

Standard Doses for Cortisone (Tablets):

• Adults: 25-300 mg | 1X Daily for Single Dose (Can be Divided)
• Teens: 25-300 mg | 1X Daily for Single Dose (Can be Divided)
• Children: Varies by Patient’s Weight and Doctor’s Discretion

Standard Doses for Betamethasone (Tablets and Elixirs):

• Adults: 0.5-10 mg | As Needed
• Teens: 0.5-10 mg | As Needed
• Children: Varies by Patient’s Weight and Doctor’s Discretion

Standard Doses for Hydrocortisone (Tablets and Suspension Liquids):

• Adults: 20-800 mg | Daily or Every 2 Days (Can be Divided)
• Teens: 20-800 mg | Daily or Every 2 Days (Can be Divided)
• Children: Varies by Patient’s Weight and Doctor’s Discretion

Standard Doses for Methylprednisolone (Tablets)

• Adults: 4-160 mg | Daily or Every 2 Days (Can be Divided)
• Teens: 4-160 mg | Daily or Every 2 Days (Can be Divided)
• Children: Varies by Patient’s Weight and Doctor’s Discretion

Standard Doses for Prednisolone (Tablets and Syrups)

• Adults: 5-200 mg | As Needed
• Teens: 5-200 mg | As Needed
• Children: Varies by Patient’s Weight and Doctor’s Discretion

Standard Doses for Prednisone (Tablets and Syrups)

• Adults: 5-200 mg | Daily or Every 2 Days (Can be Divided)
• Teens: 5-200 mg | Daily or Every 2 Days (Can be Divided)
• Children: Varies by Patient’s Weight and Doctor’s Discretion

Standard Doses for Triamcinolone (Tablets and Syrups):

• Adults: 2-60 mg | 1X Daily for Single Dose (Can be Divided)
• Teens: 2-60 mg | 1X Daily for Single Dose (Can be Divided)
• Children: Varies by Patient’s Weight and Doctor’s Discretion

Other Dosing Requirements

For liquid doses of Corticosteroid, be sure to use the syringe or measuring spoon enclosed with your medicine. To avoid missed doses, be sure to use an alarm and take the medicine at the same time every day with some exceptions. In cases of alternating daily usage, be sure to set your alarm accordingly in order to prevent an overdose.

Missed Doses

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. As with all prescription medications, it is important to not double doses as this could result in the risks of increased side effects, coupled with medical emergencies brought on by an overdose. In the event an overdose is suspected, contact 911 or the American Association of Poison Control Centers at 1 800 222-1222.

How To Take Corticosteroid (Oral)

For best results, read the insert label inside your prescription. In most cases, pharmacists recommend taking this medicine with foods in order to lessen the risk of pain and discomfort in the stomach – a common side effect of Corticosteroid.

The oral form of Corticosteroid is available in a number of forms, including:

• Delayed Release Capsules and Tablets
• Extended Release Capsules and Tablets
• Syrups or Elixirs
• Suspension or Liquid Forms
• Disintegrating Tablets

Speak to your medical provider about your preferences, such as whether you have difficulty swallowing whole tablets.

Interactions

If you have recently been vaccinated or plan to get immunized soon, care should be taken to inform your medical provider before using Corticosteroids. For example, the following contraindications with certain vaccines have been observed:

• Rubella Virus Vaccine, Live
• Varicella Virus Vaccine
• Poliovirus Vaccine, Live
• Influenza Virus Vaccine, Live
• Rilpivirine
• Mumps Virus Vaccine, Live
• Adenovirus Vaccine Type 7, Live
• Praziquantel
• Typhoid Vaccine
• Bacillus of Calmette and Guerin Vaccine, Live
• Measles Virus Vaccine, Live
• Yellow Fever Vaccine
• Artemether
• Rotavirus Vaccine, Live
• Adenovirus Vaccine Type 4, Live
• Smallpox Vaccine

Drug Interactions:

Similarly, caution should be taken when prescribing Corticosteroids with the below medicines:

• Etravirine
• Fepradinol
• Indomethacin
• Dasatinib
• Nifedipine
• Conivaptan
• Tacrolimus
• Sulindac
• Lornoxicam
• Nimesulide
• Nimodipine
• Oxaprozin
• Saquinavir
• Fenoprofen
• Parecoxib
• Celecoxib
• Nabumetone
• Etofenamate
• Propyphenazone
• Telaprevir
• Dipyrone
• Nefazodone
• Bemiparin
• Enzalutamide
• Itraconazole
• Dasabuvir
• Nepafenac
• Loxoprofen
• Nilotinib
• Piperaquine
• Diclofenac
• Voriconazole
• Ibuprofen
• Choline Salicylate
• Fosamprenavir
• Ixabepilone
• Floctafenine
• Ritonavir
• Romidepsin
• Asparaginase
• Fentanyl
• Idelalisib
• Aceclofenac
• Valdecoxib
• Telithromycin
• Oxyphenbutazone
• Ketoprofen
• Acemetacin
• Sorafenib
• Clonixin
• Darunavir
• Tenoxicam
• Bosutinib
• Nadroparin
• Nevirapine
• Posaconazole
• Proglumetacin
• Phenylbutazone
• Lapatinib
• Meclofenamate
• Diflunisal
• Sunitinib
• Flufenamic Acid
• Pixantrone
• Cobicistat
• Piketoprofen
• Elvitegravir
• Mefenamic Acid
• Olaparib
• Bromfenac
• Tolmetin
• Daclatasvir
• Salsalate
• Amtolmetin Guacil
• Doxorubicin
• Tipranavir
• Pranoprofen
• Atazanavir
• Lumacaftor
• Bupropion
• Ketorolac
• Clarithromycin
• Feprazone
• Vortioxetine
• Morniflumate
• Rofecoxib
• Proquazone
• Lumiracoxib
• Flurbiprofen
• Dexibuprofen
• Etodolac
• Bufexamac
• Felbinac
• Meloxicam
• Droxicam
• Nimesulide Beta Cyclodextrin
• Dexketoprofen
• Efavirenz
• Ceritinib
• Boceprevir
• Naproxen
• Clozapine
• Ketoconazole
• Aldesleukin
• Salicylic Acid
• Vincristine Sulfate Liposome
• Nelfinavir
• Lopinavir
• Ticagrelor
• Thalidomide
• Sodium Salicylate
• Etoricoxib
• Piroxicam
• Tiaprofenic Acid
• Doxorubicin Hydrochloride Liposome
• Indinavir
• Tolfenamic Acid
• Niflumic Acid

This is a very lengthy list of contraindications with Corticosteroid. For the most part, the primary classes of drugs to avoid concurrent use with include:

• Diuretics
• Blood Thinners
• Insulin
• Aspirins
• Seizure Drugs
• Cyclosporines
• Rifampin
• Ketoconazole

Food Interactions

If you regularly drink grapefruit juice, ask your doctor if it is safe to consume while taking the oral form of Corticosteroid.

Alcohol Interactions

Medical researchers found that consuming alcoholic products while undergoing Corticosteroid treatments heightens the risk of stomach-related side effects.

Warnings

Care should be exercised at all times when using this medicine. Be sure to voice any applicable concerns to your medical provider and follow the general rules of thumb as it relates to warnings, including:

Underlying Medical Conditions

Using Corticosteroids with certain underlying conditions could make these worse or possibly mask symptoms. As a result, it is always advisable to tell your doctor if you have any of the following pre-existing ailments before starting treatment:

• A Severe Injury or Recent Surgery
• Any Existing Infection
• Chicken Pox
• Diabetes
• Diverticulitis
• Fungal Infections
• Gastrointestinal Issues
• Glaucoma
• Heart Health Issues
• Herpes (Eye Strains)
• High Cholesterol
• HIV or Aids
• Hypertension
• Kidney Disease
• Liver Health Issues
• Lupus
• Mental Health Issues
• Myasthenia gravis
• Osteoporosis
• TB
• Thyroid Issues
• Worms

Corticosteroid oral doses are potent and may cause certain side effects to occur. Discuss the repercussions of long-term treatment with your medical provider before commencing treatment. Some of the main precautions of prolonged use are dietary habits. Your doctor will advise you to eat:

• Less Salty Foods (Sodium)
• More Potassium-Rich Foods
• A Balanced Diet to Prevent Fluctuations in Weight
• More Protein from Meat and Beans, for example

Use in Children

Corticosteroid use may possibly cause complications in children and teens. For example:

• Chicken Pox Complications – In the event that a child acquires the chicken pox virus, it could be more serious with the use of Corticosteroids.

• Stunted Growth – Corticosteroids could possibly delay normal growth in both children and teens.

Parents should voice these concerns to the medical provider before commencing treatment with an oral Corticosteroid.

Use in Seniors

Older patients who use Corticosteroids are more predisposed to:

• Hypertension or High Blood Pressure – Use a home test kit often and keep all upcoming appointments to determine if an altered dose is needed.

• Osteoporosis – Some older patients who take this medicine may also develop bone disease or osteoporosis. This is especially true for senior female users.

Use in Pregnancy

Animal test studies have confirmed that the use of Corticosteroids during pregnancy heightens the risk of birth defects. While no human trials have been conducted, animal research serves as a comparison that doctors can refer to. As such, this medicine is not recommended for use during pregnancy unless completely necessary.

Use During Nursing

As secretions of Corticosteroids can make their way into mother’s milk, it is not advisable to prescribe this medicine for nursing mothers. Traces of Corticosteroids present in breast milk have a similar effect in newborns to what’s been studied in children – which is stunted growth.

In the event nursing mothers need to be treated with this medicine, it may be necessary to stop breastfeeding altogether.

Hypersensitivities

Be sure to inform your medical provider if you have a history of allergies to Corticosteroids or any other medicine. As this medicine may also contain secondary ingredients not listed on the product packaging, tell your doctor if you had any previous sensitivities to foods, dyes, or animal products, for example.

Some of the top telltale signs of an allergic reaction include:

• Edema
• Hives
• Trouble Breathing

When an allergic reaction is suspected, stop taking the medicine and alert 911 immediately.

Upcoming Medical Tests

The use of oral Corticosteroid could affect the results of certain tests, including dermatological tests.

This medicine could also cause contraindications with medicines used during surgery and possibly cause infections to become worse.

If you have an upcoming medical test, surgery, or are recovering from an infection, inform your doctor before using Corticosteroid. In general, it is always best to disclose your full medical history with your primary healthcare provider before commencing any treatment.

Exposure to Measles and Chickenpox

Several studies have shown that Corticosteroid treatments could cause serious complications in patients that have chickenpox or measles.

As a result, medical specialists advise against going within close proximity to others with these viruses. This precaution is especially true for children under the age of 18.

Immunizations

As mentioned earlier in this article, Corticosteroid prescriptions are not indicated for patients that have recently received certain vaccinations. Before use, you should tell your doctor if you have been recently immunized or plan on getting vaccinated in the near future.

You will need a doctor’s consent before following through with these plans. Moreover, if any members of your household recently received the oral polio vaccine or you regularly come into close contact with schools or facilities that offer immunizations, care should be taken to stay away for some time. Exposure increases the risk of acquiring the poliovirus, a serious and potentially life-threatening condition.

Additional Precautions

Medial providers, in order to reduce the risks associated with using oral Corticosteroid, may recommend the following tips:

• Take the Prescribed Dose – The dosage amounts prescribed by your medical provider should be followed precisely. Do not stop or alter the dosage without first consulting with your medical provider.

• Keep all Follow-Up Appointments – During these visits, a number of assessments will be completed to determine if the medicine is working as it should. Moreover, additional lab work and tests may be performed to gauge if new conditions develop, such as osteoporosis or high blood pressure for example, particularly in senior patients.

• Wear a Medical Bracelet – In the event of a medical emergency, such as cases of severe allergic reactions where patients are unable to verbally tell the EMT or doctor on the scene what medications are being used, a medical bracelet provides a quick way to inform relative parties.

• Consider Supplementary Treatments – Patients who are at a greater risk of developing bone disease or osteoporosis may be prescribed supplementary treatments to counteract this risk. The most commonly prescribed medicine in this event is a bisphosphonate.

• Watch Your Diet – To prevent the risk of Corticosteroid complications, your doctor may tell you to adhere to a strict diet, consisting of foods that are low in sodium and rich in potassium. As Corticosteroid may also cause weight gain, calorie intake should be limited in most cases.

• Schedule an Appointment with an Ophthalmologist – Corticosteroid use may also cause increasing pressure in the eyes, particularly in patients that have been diagnosed with glaucoma. To determine if there are any adverse effects of the treatment where eye health issues are concerned, a follow–up appointment should be scheduled with an Ophthalmologist.

• Reoccurring Symptoms – If the treatment has ended or the dose is lowered and the symptoms of your condition get worse or resurface, contact your primary health care provider for a consultation.

• Wean Slowly – Patients who have taken oral Corticosteroids for a long time are usually weaned gradually. Instead of stopping the dosage cold turkey, doctors generally lower the dosage amounts and monitor for symptoms of withdrawal. Ask your doctor for more information on the risks of long-term Corticosteroid use.

Storage

To correctly store this medicine, refer to the insert label that came with your medicine. The storage guideline that is generally recommended in order to maintain its integrity includes storing at a room temperature of 20 to 25 degrees Celsius.

This applies to syrups, tablets, capsules, and other formats of oral Corticosteroid.

More importantly, do not place this medicine in a freezer or in excessive heat. Follow best practices for drug storage by avoiding areas with direct sunlight or high humidity levels.

For the safety of other members of the household, especially children and pets, keep this medicine in a hard to reach area and ensure the safety lock feature offered by most pharmaceutical dispensaries is in effect.

When the treatment has ended and in the event that there are any leftovers, follow the EPA’s and FDA’s recommendations to not discard of unused portions of medicines down drain ways. Instead, take used bottles or containers into a local pharmacy, where it can be safely thrown away.

Summary

Oral Corticosteroid features anti-inflammatory properties. As the name suggests, it’s a type of steroid treatment that is predominantly used to treat pain and inflammation in the body. It is not usually prescribed alone, but dispensed in conjunction with other suitable medicines for an underlying condition, such as asthma, arthritis, or serious skin disorders, for example.

Corticosteroids that are taken by mouth come with a unique set of side effects, compared to topical or injection routes, for example. As such, patients should use this medication with caution and always follow the doctor’s orders for use. Some of the main precautions include checking blood pressure levels regularly, checking for the signs of an allergic reaction, and wearing a medical ID bracelet at all times.

Additionally, care should be taken to not use this medicine when an infection is present or there is an upcoming surgery. This is because Corticosteroids lower the body’s natural ability to fight infections. It’s one of the main reasons why doctors advise patients to avoid people who have been diagnosed with a virus or those that have newly received a vaccine. The risks of contracting viruses is significantly increased when undergoing treatment with a Corticosteroid.

Patients should moreover follow a strict diet that is low in sodium and rich in potassium for optimal results and in order to counteract the potential side effects of high blood pressure or a potassium deficiency. Protein intake should also be increased.

In certain demographic groups, such as in children or seniors, the risk of side effects are increased somewhat. As a result, the standard dose is generally adjusted based on the doctor’s discretion.

Another important point to note is that several forms of Corticosteroid are available. The select group prescribed is based on the patient's symptoms, underlying conditions, age, weight, and many other factors. Some examples include Prednisone, Methylprednisolone, Betamethasone, and more. For the most part, these contain varying degrees of anti-inflammatory activity.

In addition to the different subgroups of oral Cortecosteroids available, there are also various formats in which it is supplied. There are syrups, tablets, capsules, and more, some featuring an extended release feature.

For the most part, Corticosteroids are widely prescribed in medical communities for helping to achieve reduced pain and inflammation. Subsequently, this provides patients with relief from discomforting symptoms associated with underlying disorders.

To summarize, Corticosteroids, when used in conjunction with other medicines, help to lower pain and discomfort and improve the patient’s quality of life.