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How are steroids given?

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Steroid drugs are available in several forms that vary in how easily they dissolve or how long they stay in the body.

Steroids may be given systemically, which means throughout the "system" or body, or locally to the precise place where a problem exists.

Systemic steroids can be given either through a vein (intravenously, or IV), into a muscle (intramuscularly), or by mouth (orally). Local steroids can be given as eye drops, ear drops, and skin creams, or by direct injection into joints, bursae (lubricating sacs between certain tendons and the bones beneath them), or around tendons and other soft tissue areas.

From: Arthritis and Steroid Injections WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 13, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 09/13/2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Cortisone shots."

Arthritis Foundation: "Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis: Treatment Options."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Arthritis."

MedicineNet: "Steroids to Treat Arthritis."

Medscape: "Corticosteroid Injections of Joints and Soft Tissues."

Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance: "Corticosteroids."

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 13, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Cortisone shots."

Arthritis Foundation: "Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis: Treatment Options."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Arthritis."

MedicineNet: "Steroids to Treat Arthritis."

Medscape: "Corticosteroid Injections of Joints and Soft Tissues."

Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance: "Corticosteroids."

Reviewed by David Zelman on September 13, 2018

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