Corticosteroids

Corticosteroids

PEP Topic 
Anorexia
Description 

Corticosteroids are a class of steroid hormones produced in the adrenal cortex and involved in a wide range of physiologic systems, such as stress and immune responses, regulation of inflammation, carbohydrate metabolism, and protein catabolism. Corticosteroids are used for a variety of conditions and can be administered orally or intravenously. Drugs in this class include dexamethasone, prednisone, hydrocortisone, and fludrocortisone. Corticosteroids have been examined in the management of anorexia, skin reactions, and pain, and specific corticosteroids are typically part of drug regimens for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. Topical use has also been examined for radiodermatitis and skin reactions.

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