Steroids: Wonder Drugs, But Not Without Risks

Steroid drugs relieve inflammation, but they should be used judiciously to minimize harmful side effects.

The first steroid medication, cortisone, earned the reputation of a “wonder drug” more than 60 years ago when it was found to be effective in treating rheumatoid arthritis. Since then, the number of diseases and disorders treated with steroids has grown exponentially, to include asthma, colitis and other intestinal disorders, psoriasis, lupus, breathing disorders, and […]

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