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How do I take steroid tablets and how long do they take to work?

Steroids tablets are usually taken once a day, preferably in the morning, with or after food. They are sometimes prescribed to be taken every other day.

Enteric-coated tablets should be swallowed whole, not crushed or chewed. The correct dose will depend on your condition and your weight. Your dose is likely to be gradually reduced as your symptoms improve.

If you've been on steroids for a long time, your doctor will make any reductions very slowly.

You may be prescribed a small dose (a maintenance dose) for a long time.

How long do steroid tablets take to work?

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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