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

Updated: Jun 21, 2018
  • Author: Chirag N Dave, MD; Chief Editor: Bradley Fields Schwartz, DO, FACS  more...
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Corticosteroids

These are strong anti-inflammatory agents that reduce ureteral inflammation. They also have profound metabolic and immunosuppressive effects. Corticosteroids are not endorsed in current urologic guideline recommendations and are included for educational purposes only.

Prednisone (Deltasone, Rayos)

Prednisone has been used in MET. Only a short course of prednisone therapy (5-10 d) should be administered.

Prednisolone (Pediapred, Millipred, Veripred 20, Orapred ODT)

In combination with nifedipine or tamsulosin, prednisolone is proven to facilitate spontaneous passage of a ureteral stone in several small prospective studies. Only a short course of therapy (5-10 d) should be administered.


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