What is the role of IV corticosteroids in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)?

Updated: Oct 17, 2017
  • Author: William A Rowe, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Intravenous corticosteroids are often used in patients who are severely ill and hospitalized; few data have been published on the optimum dosage of IV or oral corticosteroids. The upper end of dosing generally includes IV methylprednisolone at 20 mg every 6 hours or IV hydrocortisone at 100 mg every 8 hours. Typically, once a clinical response is observed (usually within 3-5 days), the dose of the IV corticosteroid can be tapered. Before hospital discharge, conversion to an oral corticosteroid is made with dosage tapering in an outpatient setting.


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