Corticosteroids (also referred to as steroids) are prescription medications used to control inflammation in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Some COPD maintenance medications contain inhaled steroid medications. However, systemic steroids that are swallowed or injected may be prescribed in the short term to treat intense symptoms during exacerbations (flare-ups).
Corticosteroids are synthetic hormones that suppress immune system response. Prednisone, Prednisolone, Dexamethasone, and Methylprednisolone are examples of steroids. Steroids are believed to work by inhibiting or blocking inflammatory responses within the body.
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