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Relative Potency of Various Steroids


- Recommendations for Selection:
- w/ acute inflammatory conditions choose a short acting preparation, where as with a chronic condition, choose a long acting preparation;

AntiInflam Na Retention Duration Equiv Dose (mg)
Betamethasone 0.6
Cortisone 0.8 0.8 Short 25
Hydrocortisone 1.0 1.0 Short 20
Prednisone 4.0 0.8 Intermediate 5
Prednisolone 4.0 0.8 Intermediate 5
Methylprednisolone 5.0 0.5 Intermediate 4
Triamcinolone 5.0 Intermediate 4
9alpha Fluorocortisol 10.0 125.0 Short
Dexamethosone 25.0 Long 0.75
Desoxycorticosterone
Desoxycorticosterone

(short= 8-12 yr t 1/2; intermediate= 12-36 hr t 1/2; lone= 36-72 hr)