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How long do corticosteroids remain in your system?
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Dr. Alex Martinez
Internal Medicine - Allergy
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In brief: Days to weeks
Corticosteroids are made naturally in our bodies and are involved in the regulation of inflammation.
Because of this, all cells in our bodies have receptors for these compounds. When a corticosteroid is prescribed (topical, oral, or by injection), how long it remains is dependent on how quickly it is metabolized. Usually corticosteroids are metabolized in days but occasionally in weeks.

In brief: Days to weeks
Corticosteroids are made naturally in our bodies and are involved in the regulation of inflammation.
Because of this, all cells in our bodies have receptors for these compounds. When a corticosteroid is prescribed (topical, oral, or by injection), how long it remains is dependent on how quickly it is metabolized. Usually corticosteroids are metabolized in days but occasionally in weeks.
Dr. Alex Martinez
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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
In brief: Depends
You need to look at the half-life of the steroid.
Hydrocortisone has a half-life of 8-12 hours. Medrol (methylprednisolone) is 18-36 hours. Prednisone is 18-36 hours. Dexamethasone is 36-54 hours.

In brief: Depends
You need to look at the half-life of the steroid.
Hydrocortisone has a half-life of 8-12 hours. Medrol (methylprednisolone) is 18-36 hours. Prednisone is 18-36 hours. Dexamethasone is 36-54 hours.
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Dr. Jack Mutnick
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