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Prednisone is a medication in a class of drugs called corticosteroids. You might hear your doctor call them glucocorticoids. Corticosteroids are manmade drugs that mimic a hormone your body makes naturally, called cortisol.

Even though corticosteroids are sometimes called “steroids” for short, they’re different from anabolic steroids, the drugs athletes use to build bigger muscles.

Prednisone, which comes as a tablet or a liquid, treats many conditions, from allergies and asthma to inflammatory types of arthritis, like rheumatoid arthritis, and related diseases like gout, lupus, and vasculitis. It’s even used to treat cancer and multiple sclerosis symptoms.

From: Prednisone for Arthritis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Corticosteroids.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “Steroid Side Effects: How to Reduce Drug Side Effects of Corticosteroids.”

Mayo Clinic: “Prednisone and other corticosteroids,” “Prednisone (Oral Route),” “Prednisone withdrawal: Why do I need to slowly taper down the dosage?”

American College of Rheumatology: “Prednisone (Deltasone).”

Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center: “Arthritis Treated with Prednisone,” Low-Dose Prednisone Can Slow Joint Damage in Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network: “RA and Corticosteroids: What is the Role of Steroids in Arthritis Treatment?”

Vasculitis Foundation: “How long does prednisone stay in your system?”

UpToDate: “Prednisone: Drug Information.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 11, 2020

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Corticosteroids.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “Steroid Side Effects: How to Reduce Drug Side Effects of Corticosteroids.”

Mayo Clinic: “Prednisone and other corticosteroids,” “Prednisone (Oral Route),” “Prednisone withdrawal: Why do I need to slowly taper down the dosage?”

American College of Rheumatology: “Prednisone (Deltasone).”

Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center: “Arthritis Treated with Prednisone,” Low-Dose Prednisone Can Slow Joint Damage in Rheumatoid Arthritis.”

Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network: “RA and Corticosteroids: What is the Role of Steroids in Arthritis Treatment?”

Vasculitis Foundation: “How long does prednisone stay in your system?”

UpToDate: “Prednisone: Drug Information.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 11, 2020

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