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What are steroid tablets and why are they prescribed?

Some steroids occur naturally in the human body. Man-made steroids act like natural steroids to reduce inflammation. They can be given as injections or taken in tablet form. Although steroids won't cure your condition, they're very effective against inflammation and will ease symptoms, such as swelling, pain and stiffness.

Prednisolone is the most commonly prescribed steroid tablet for people with rheumatic conditions. Your doctor may prescribe enteric-coated prednisolone if you have indigestion or are taking a high dose. These are specially coated so they don't dissolve quickly in your stomach.

Steroid tablets may be prescribed for people with:

Depending on which condition you have and what dose you're prescribed, you may notice an improvement in your symptoms within a few days.

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