Corticosteroid: See Steroid.


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Corticosteroid: A class of steroid-type drugs that are used to suppress inflammation and function as slow-acting bronchodilators. Examples include prednisone, cortisone, fluticasone, beclomethasone, and others. Steroids are similar to hormones produced in the body's adrenal glands that serve as chemical messengers.


Introduction: Corticosteroids

You may have heard of anabolic steroids, which can have harmful effects. But there's another type of steroid - sometimes called a corticosteroid - that treats a variety of problems. These steroids are similar to hormones that your adrenal glands make to fight stress associated with illnesses and injuries. They reduce inflammation and affect the immune system.

You may need to take corticosteroids to treat

Steroids are strong medicines, and they can have side effects, including weakened bones and cataracts. Because of this, you usually take them for as short a time as possible.

Source: MedLinePlus (NIH)3


Types may include:4

Types of Corticosteroid:

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  1. Source: RDCRN (NCATS/NIH): cms/ cegir/ Learn-More/ Glossary
  2. Source: RDCRN (NCATS/NIH): cms/ rld/ Learn-More/ Glossary
  3. Source: MedLinePlus (NIH): steroids.html
  4. Source: NCI Thesaurus

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