• What are steroids?
    • these are medications that suppress the inflammation, but have many side effects
    • e.g. prednisone, budesonide
  • Can steroids be used long term?
    • steroids are NOT meant for long term use, they are NOT maintenance medications.  Steroids have too many side effects and should be tapered as soon as possible
  • How are steroids taken?
    • steroids can be oral tablets OR intravenous (in hospital administration)
    • steroids also come in topical (enemas or suppositories) form for distal colitis
  • What are the side effects of steroids?