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Is Prednisone a Steroid Drug?

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Official Answer by Drugs.com 9 Feb 2016

Prednisone is known as a corticosteroid. Common brand names of prednisone include Rayos, Sterapred, and Sterapred DS. Prednisone prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation and pain. It also suppresses the immune system.

Prednisone is not considered a "steroid" as often abused in sports. Prednisone is a frequently used drug in both adults and children, and is considered safe if prescribed and dosed appropriately and taken correctly by the patient.

Examples of conditions that prednisone is used in includes: asthma, multiple sclerosis, acute arthritis pain, allergic reactions, lupus and skin conditions.

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