Which medications in the drug class Corticosteroids are used in the treatment of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis?

Updated: Jul 25, 2019
  • Author: David D Sherry, MD; Chief Editor: Lawrence K Jung, MD  more...
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Corticosteroids are potent anti-inflammatory drugs used in patients with JIA to bridge the time until DMARDs are effective. Adverse events associated with long-term steroid use make dose reductions and cessation important in due course.

Methylprednisolone (Solu-Medrol, Medrol, A-Methapred)

Methylprednisolone decreases inflammation by suppressing migration of polymorphonuclear leukocytes and reversing increased capillary permeability. It is used temporarily for JIA until longer-term treatment provides effective relief. The pediatric dosage is 15-30 mg/kg IV qd administered over 30-60 min for 2-3 d.


Prednisone is an immunosuppressant for treatment of JIA. It may decrease inflammation by reversing increased capillary permeability and suppressing polymorphonuclear neutrophil (PMN) activity, and it stabilizes lysosomal membranes and also suppresses lymphocytes and antibody production. The pediatric dosage is 4-5 mg/m2/d PO; alternatively, the dosage is 0.05-2 mg/kg PO divided bid/qid; taper over 2 wk as symptoms resolve and other antirheumatic drugs take effect.

Triamcinolone (Aristospan, Kenalog)

Triamcinolone decreases inflammation by suppressing the migration of polymorphonuclear leukocytes and reversing capillary permeability.

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