What are they?
Oral corticosteroids are used to treat numerous conditions,
including atopic dermatitis, in children over 6 years of age and
Oral steroids require a prescription from your healthcare
How do they work?
Corticosteroids decrease your body’s reaction to some diseases
and reduce symptoms of inflammation (e.g., redness and
How often do you use them?
Your healthcare professional will determine the appropriate dose
and dosing frequency based on your condition. When your atopic
dermatitis has improved, your doctor will gradually reduce your
dose. Be sure to follow your healthcare professional’s guidance
when tapering to reduce the risk of side effects.
How are they administered?
Oral steroids are tablets that should be taken orally (by mouth).
What are the possible side effects?
Oral steroids may cause side effects such as increased appetite,
weight gain, bloating, change in taste, abnormal fat deposits,
nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, indigestion, hiccups,
thinning hair, unusual hair growth, feeling of general discomfort
or uneasiness, dizziness, forgetfulness, confusion, tired,
irritated, euphoria (intense feelings of well-being, elation,
happiness, excitement and joy), change in strength and reflexes,
rounder face, increased sweating, headache, increased or
decreased motility and number of sperm, and skin problems.
These medicines may also hide symptoms of infections, may
cause latent infections to become active, and may induce
infections by normally inoffensive organisms due to lowered
These are not all the possible side effects you may feel. Read
your Product Insert for a complete list.