How should corticosteroid therapy for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) flares be administered?

Updated: Oct 17, 2017
  • Author: William A Rowe, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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IBD flares in patients with mild to moderate disease are usually managed in an outpatient setting. However, an important and sometimes overlooked concern in the management of IBD is the dosing and duration of the use of corticosteroid therapy. For a flare of moderate severity, a dose of prednisone of 20-40 mg/day or equivalent is often sufficient to treat the flares. Once symptoms are controlled, a dedicated tapering of the steroid dose follows.


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