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Is prednisone a steroid drug?

Medically reviewed by Last updated on April 14, 2019.

Official Answer


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.

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.

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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