Steroids And It's Uses

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What is steroid?

1.Steroids are hormones that comes from Adrenal glands mainly.
2.There are different types of steroids
3.They are life-saving, meaning without them we can not survive. Some of them suppress inflammation.
4.Steroids come form Testes and Ovaries; they are called sex-steroids. In addition to controlling metabolism they are important in sexual function.

What is the use of steroids?
* Steroids are used for various medical conditions in which the inflammatory response has to be controlled.
* In asthma these are given by tablet, injection or through inhaler.
* In certain other medical conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, SLE and other connective tissue disorders these are very helpful.
* Life saving medications in situations like adrenal insufficiency and severe allergic reactions.

What are different types of Steroids?

Steriods are classified on the basis of their potency.

* Hydrocortisone (hysone or histone) - least potent * Prednisolone (most commonly used) - intermediate in potency.
* Dexamethasone (dexona) - most potent.

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Story first published: Monday, February 21, 2011, 17:35 [IST]
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