(searched for: doi:10.17352/ojpp.000013)
Published: 22 March 2022
Journal: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy, Volume 23, pp 703-711; https://doi.org/10.1080/14656566.2022.2049238
Glucocorticoids are steroid hormones broadly used for the treatment of several inflammatory and autoimmune diseases among other numerous indications, including rheumatoid arthritis. For the purposes of this article, the authors have performed an extensive review of the literature to present the latest studies on glucocorticoid use in rheumatoid arthritis. They also provide the reader with their expert perspectives on future developments. The authors do not anticipate that glucocorticoids with be replaced in the near future by newer drugs. As such, rheumatologists should be fully aware of the possible side-effects and educate appropriately their patients to recognize and report them. Newer formulations, such as the liposomal/nanoparticle-based treatments, will result in less pronounced adverse effects, but the input of clinical experience along with the current recommendations for the glucocorticoid use will benefit both clinicians and patients with rheumatoid arthritis.