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

Updated: May 02, 2019
  • Author: Deepika Devuni, MBBS; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Corticosteroids

Corticosteroids have anti-inflammatory properties and cause profound and varied metabolic effects. They modify the body’s immune response to diverse stimuli. Corticosteroids may be used in various conditions such as eosinophilic esophagitis, Behçet disease esophagitis, inflammatory disease esophagitis, or HIV esophagitis.

Prednisone

Prednisone is administered in immunosuppressive doses, which may vary based on the underlying disease process. The dose is usually slowly tapered over weeks to months. An equivalent dose of methylprednisolone (Solu-Medrol) may be used instead of prednisone.

Methylprednisolone (Medrol, Solu-Medrol)

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


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