Here steroids and NSAIDs:
- steroidal drugs (corticosteroids) are:
- glucocorticoids (cortisone, hydrocortisone, prednisone, prednisolone, triamcinolone, methylprednisolone, betamethasone, dexamethasone, etc) and
- mineralocorticoids (corticosterone, aldosterone, fludrocortisone, desoxycorticosterone, etc)
- non-steroidal drugs (NSAIDs) are for example:
- meloxicam (Metacam)
- carprofen (Rimadyl/Novox)
- deracoxib (Deramaxx/Novartis)
- and many more.
When your hear "steroids", don't dream of this:
You will read in most places and hear from most vets and MDs things like "anti-inflammatories have its uses if done right" (largest groups of drugs here: steroids and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, NSAIDs).
But that's not right, for the reasons that should become clear throughout this Health Manual where relevant. Here a short summary.
- As their name suggests, anti-inflammatories work against an inflammation: they palliate or suppress the inflammation.
- But an inflammation is the response of the defense system to an infection (disease) or to a physiological dysfunction (disorder) or rarely, to some other bodily impairment (defect).
- The purpose of an inflammation is to allow the organism to initiate the healing process.
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