Steroids

If you’ve started or are considering treatment with steroids, you’re not alone. Steroids, also called corticosteroids, are a common medicine for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, with 4 out of 5 people with the conditions taking them at some point.

Our information can support you to make an informed decision about treatment that’s right for you. It looks at:

- how steroids work
- what you can expect from treatment
- possible side effects
- stopping or changing treatment

Other names for this medicine
Why you've been offered steroids
How steroids work
How effective steroids are in Crohn's and Colitis
Budesonide: Why it's different from other steroids
How long steroids take to work
How to take steroids
Dosage information
How long you'll take steroids for
Special precautions
Checks you'll need before starting steroids
Ongoing checks
Side effects
Pregnancy and fertility
Breastfeeding
Taking other medicines or vaccinations
Drinking alcohol
Alternatives to steroids
Who to talk to if you are worried
Help and support from Crohn's & Colitis UK

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Last reviewed: October 2019