When the body naturally produces corticosteroids, it is as the hormone cortisol. Produced by the adrenals glands, cortisol manages stress, blood pressure, and glucose levels, balances metabolism, regulates sleep, and controls immune and inflammatory responses. Corticosteroids are synthetically made and administered as a medication, helping treat excessive inflammation and overactive immune systems.
Corticosteroid medications act like cortisol in the body. Doctors prescribe them to help suppress inflammation through a higher dose than what the body can create on its own. These medications work by reducing the production of chemicals that cause inflammation and, by affecting white blood cell activity, reduces hyperactive immune systems.
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