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Rheumatoid Arthritis (cont.)

Glucocorticoids and RA

Glucocorticoids: These very potent agents rapidly block inflammation and other immune responses. They are often called steroids. These agents all work in the same way; they differ only in their potency and in the form in which they are given. Steroids may be given as pills, intravenously, or as injections into a muscle or directly into a joint. In high doses, they can cause many serious side effects and are therefore given only for the shortest possible periods and under strictly controlled circumstances. These drugs should never be stopped abruptly.

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