Drug

RAI

ED

NaR

T1/2

IM/PO *

IV *

dexamethasone

Decadron

30

0.8

0

36-72

0.75-9

2.5-10

betamethasone

Rinderon

25

0.8

0

36-72

0.6-9

0.6-9

triamcinolone

Kenacort-A

5

4

0

12-36

40-80

--

methylprednisolone

Solu-medrol

5

4

0.5

12-36

4-48

10-40

prednisolone

 

4

5

0.8

12-36

5-60

--

hydrocortisone

Solu-cortef

1

20

1

8-12

15-240

15-240

cortisone

 

0.8

25

0.8

8-12

20-300

--

KEY:

    RAI = Relative anti-inflammatory potency
    ED = Dose equivalency mg (milligrams)
    NaR = Sodium retention capacity
    T1/2 = biological half-life (hours)
    IM/PO = inflammatory disease usual intramuscular or oral dose range (mg/day)
    IV = inflammatory disease usual intravenous range (mg/day)
    * = steroid-responsive conditions and doses required show considerable inter-individual variation; doses listed are representative, not exhaustive or inclusive
    ** = a single parenteral dose 4 to 7 times the oral daily dose may provide control for 4 to 7 days up to 3 to 4 weeks

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