Posts Tagged ‘steroids’

April 8th, 2010  Posted at   Arthritis Therapies
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Conventional Therapies: Many of the therapies for OA and RA have the inflammatory component as their target. Glucocorticoids (steroids) have long been employed to control inflammation. Their use over the long-term is discouraged because of potential severe toxicities to muscle and other organs. However, over the past 20 years, treatment regimens have indicated that the commonly employed steroid prednisone in low doses of 7.5 mg or less may be employed over long periods and are usually well tolerated and safe. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are also commonly used in initial treatment of RA and OA. (more…)