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Steroid medicines (known as corticosteroids). These are produced in the body by our adrenal glands. Steroid medicines come in various forms. Those taken by mouth are known as oral steroids and can help in many diseases.
Oral steroids are commonly prescribed with little evidence and multiple potential for adverse effects. Oral steroids, or corticosteroids taken by mouth, are prescription anti-inflammatory medications that have been commonly prescribed for various orthopaedic conditions, including low back and neck pain
Are there different types?
Yes, broadly speaking there are two groups of oral steroids. The most commonly used group is glucocorticoids. This group includes steroids such as:
The other group is called mineralocorticoids. This is the type usually used for replacing steroids the body isn’t producing itself, and the common one used is fludrocortisone.