Rheumatoid Arthritis (cont.)
IN THIS ARTICLE
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.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/11/2015
YOU MAY ALSO LIKE
Must Read Articles Related to Rheumatoid Arthritis
Patient Comments & Reviews
The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Rheumatoid Arthritis:
Rheumatoid Arthritis - Treatment
What was the treatment for your rheumatoid arthritis?
Rheumatoid Arthritis - Medications
What medications have been effective at treating your rheumatoid arthritis?
Rheumatoid Arthritis - Early Symptoms and Signs
The symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can vary greatly from patient to patient. What were your symptoms at the onset of your disease?