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Corticosteroids for Gout


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Corticosteroids for Gout

Examples

Generic NameBrand Name
dexamethasone 
hydrocortisoneCortef
methylprednisoloneMedrol
prednisone 
triamcinoloneKenalog

Depending on the drug, steroids may be given intravenously, as pills, or as an injection.

How It Works

Corticosteroids decrease the pain, swelling, redness, and warmth (inflammation) of gout.

Why It Is Used

Corticosteroids may be used for:

Corticosteroids should not be given to people who have a joint infection.

How Well It Works

Corticosteroids usually provide rapid relief from gout symptoms. Because of their potential side effects if used for a long time, corticosteroids are usually prescribed only for a short time.

Side Effects

Common short-term side effects include:

Uncommon short-term side effects include:

Long-term side effects include:

See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)

What To Think About

Complete the new medication information form (PDF) to help you understand this medication.

Credits for Corticosteroids for Gout

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Nancy Ann Shadick, MD, MPH - Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Last Revised June 12, 2012

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