Which medications in the drug class Corticosteroids are used in the treatment of Herpes Zoster?

Updated: Jan 25, 2019
  • Author: Camila K Janniger, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Corticosteroids

Corticosteroids have anti-inflammatory properties and cause profound and varied metabolic effects. These agents modify the body’s immune response to diverse stimuli. Some authors find benefit in the short-term use of steroids to help manage herpes zoster, and some evidence exists to suggest a decreased incidence of PHN in patients who received steroids. Other studies find no benefit from the use of steroids.

Prednisone (Deltasone, Rayos)

Although steroid use is controversial, it remains a therapeutic option. Prednisone is inactive and must be metabolized to the active metabolite prednisolone. Conversion may be impaired in patients with liver disease.


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