Which medications in the drug class Glucocorticosteroids are used in the treatment of Acute Rheumatic Fever?

Updated: Dec 10, 2020
  • Author: Robert J Meador, Jr, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Glucocorticosteroids

These agents demonstrate anti-inflammatory (glucocorticoid) and salt-retaining (mineralocorticoid) properties. Glucocorticoids produce profound and varied metabolic effects. These agents also modify the body's immune response to diverse stimuli.

Prednisone (Deltasone, Liquid-Pred, Meticorten, Orasone, Sterapred)

Patients with carditis require prednisone. The goal is to decrease myocardial inflammation. May decrease inflammation by reversing increased capillary permeability and suppressing PMN activity. After 2-3 wk, dosage may be tapered, reduced 25% each week.


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