Corticosteroids given for a long time

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Corticosteroids (say: kor-ti-koe-STER-oids) are a group of medicines, which include:

  • dexamethasone​ (say: deks-a-METH-a-sone)
  • hydrocortisone (say: hye-droe-KOR-ti-sone)
  • methylprednisolone (say: meth-il-pred-NIS-oh-lone)
  • prednisone (say: PRED-ni-sone)
  • prednisolone (say: pred-NIS-oh-lone)

This information sheet explains what corticosteroids do, how to give them, and what side effects or problems your child may have when he or she takes this medicine.

Disclaimer: The information in this Family Med-aid is accurate at the time of printing. It provides a summary of information about corticosteroids and does not contain all possible information about this medicine. Not all side effects are listed. If you have any questions or want more information about corticosteroids, speak to your healthcare provider. 

Last updated: March 21st 2010