Also called: Corticosteroids, Glucocorticoids. Anabolic steroids can have harmful effects, but corticosteroids treat a variety of problems. Corticosteroids steroids are similar to hormones that the adrenal glands produce to fight stress associated with illnesses and injuries; reducing inflammation and having a positive affect the immune system. Corticosteroids are used to treat autoimmune diseases such as lupus and multiple sclerosis, skin conditions, arthritis, asthma and some cancers.
Steroids are strong medicines that should be taken for only short periods of time, as they can produce side affects such as weakened bones and cataracts.