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Archive for October 24th, 2010

corticosteroid

corticosteroid

Cortisone is a hormone that is made in the adrenal glands.  Corticosteroids are synthetic forms of cortisone used as anti-inflammatory drugs.  These include:  hydrocortisone, prednisone, methylprednisolone, and dexamethasone.

Corticosteroids used to treat osteoarthritis can be taken orally, inhaled,  injected, or used as a skin cream.

Steroids are effective at relieving pain but there are side effects.  The risk of the side effects depends largely on the size of the dose and for how long the steroids are being taken.     This is the first in a series of articles about reducing the side effects of corticosteroids for treating osteoarthritis of the knee.