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Depending on the drug, steroids may be given
intravenously, as pills, or as an injection.
Corticosteroids decrease the pain,
swelling, redness, and warmth (inflammation) of
Corticosteroids may be used
Corticosteroids should not be given to people who have a
Corticosteroids usually provide
rapid relief from gout symptoms. Because of their
potential side effects if used for a long time, corticosteroids are usually
prescribed only for a short time.
Common short-term side effects
Uncommon short-term side effects include:
Long-term side effects include:
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug
Reference is not available in all systems.)
Complete the new medication information form (PDF)(What is a PDF document?) to help you understand this medication.
June 12, 2012
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Nancy Ann Shadick, MD, MPH - Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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