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Corticosteroids are used for treating the inflammation of associated with mild to moderate psoriasis.

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Corticosteroids are used for treating mild to moderate psoriasis. Available in many forms (such as ointments, creams, sprays, gels, shampoos and foams) and strengths, these medicines contain a synthetic version of hormones that occur naturally in the body. The weaker, over-the-counter strengths are usually not effective in treating psoriasis. Unlike systemic steroids, withdrawal (stopping) of topical steroids does not flare psoriasis.

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Corticosteroids are used for treating the inflammation associated with mild to moderate psoriasis.

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Possible side effects over the short-term include:

  • Acne
  • Poor wound healing
  • Indigestion, nausea, or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Appetite gain or loss
  • Psychiatric disturbances
  • Weight gainSevere

Possible side effects

may include:
  • Hives o Rash o Faintness

Long of long-term use may causeinclude:

  • Slowed Slowing of growth in children
  • Acne
  • Glaucoma
  • Cataracts
  • Diabetes
  • Thinning of the Skin
  • Weak, fragile bones
  • High blood pressure
  • skin
  • Osteoporosis

If you experience any of these side effects, continue the medications, but contact your doctor.

In addition, these drugs can cause more serious medical problems, including immunosuppression and peptic ulcer disease (if you are also taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Discuss with your physician any signs and symptoms that might indicate a serious medical problem.

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Prednisone can be given in tablet or liquid form. It is best taken at the same time (or times) each day. It should be taken with liquid or food to lessen stomach upset.

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Corticosteroids (such as Prednisone) are given to control inflammation of the intestinal lining in severe cases of celiac disease.

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