Corticosteroids in rheumatic disease. Understanding their effects is key to their use.

@article{Vollenhoven1998CorticosteroidsIR,
  title={Corticosteroids in rheumatic disease. Understanding their effects is key to their use.},
  author={Ronald F. van Vollenhoven},
  journal={Postgraduate medicine},
  year={1998},
  volume={103 2},
  pages={137-42}
}
Corticosteroids can have tremendous therapeutic benefits but can also cause severe side effects and toxicities. Judicious use of these agents plays an important role in many rheumatic diseases. Careful selection of the initial dose, aggressive attempts to taper doses, prescription of supplemental calcium and vitamin D, and consideration of steroid-sparing… CONTINUE READING