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How can steroids help treat arthritis and what are the side effects?

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Steroids are powerful anti-inflammatory drugs that can treat many forms of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and other forms of inflammation such as vasculitis.

Although effective, steroids can have many side effects, especially when taken as a pill and used long term. Often, doctors try to avoid these problems by injecting the steroid into the affected joint or trying other medications in combination to keep the dose of steroids as low as possible.

From: Arthritis Drug Overview WebMD Medical Reference

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WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic: "Arthritis: Topical Painkillers;" "Anti-Inflammatory Painkillers and Arthritis;" "Steroids to Treat Arthritis;" "Arthritis: Disease Modifying Medications;" "New Treatments for Inflammatory Arthritis: Biologics;" "Arthritis: Narcotic Pain Relievers;" "Chemotherapy Drugs to treat Arthritis;" "Hyaluronan Injections to Treat Osteoarthritis;" and "Gout."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on November 21, 2018

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WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic: "Arthritis: Topical Painkillers;" "Anti-Inflammatory Painkillers and Arthritis;" "Steroids to Treat Arthritis;" "Arthritis: Disease Modifying Medications;" "New Treatments for Inflammatory Arthritis: Biologics;" "Arthritis: Narcotic Pain Relievers;" "Chemotherapy Drugs to treat Arthritis;" "Hyaluronan Injections to Treat Osteoarthritis;" and "Gout."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on November 21, 2018

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