Which medications in the drug class Corticosteroids are used in the treatment of Eosinophilic Granuloma (Histiocytosis X)?

Updated: Mar 29, 2018
  • Author: Eleanor M Summerhill, MD, FACP, FCCP; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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Corticosteroids

These agents have anti-inflammatory properties and cause profound and varied metabolic effects. Corticosteroids modify the body's immune response to diverse stimuli.

Prednisone (Deltasone, Meticorten, Orasone, Sterapred)

Prednisone is used as an immunosuppressant to treat autoimmune disorders. By reversing increased capillary permeability and suppressing the activity of polymorphonuclear cells, it may decrease inflammation. Prednisone is an oral corticosteroid with relatively limited mineralocorticoid activity. It is best prescribed in consultation with a pulmonary disease specialist.


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