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Steroids rely on liver to metabolize

A woman in Tangail, Bangladesh shows Oradexon, a steroid, on March 5.

Photo: Reuters

Officials from the Food and Drug Administration under the Department of Health say steroids are used to treat inflammations of the body, and are appropriate for rheumatism and allergies, including rheumatoid arthritis as well as allergies and inflammation of the eyes or nose. Since steroids are a prescription drug, they must be administered by a certified doctor.

Yang Ti-shan, head of orthopedics at Ton Yen General Hospital in Hsinchu County, says steroids rely on the liver to metabolize and have too many side effects, adding that they are not used in orthopedics to treat osteoarthritis or arthritic pain any longer. When dealing with muscular inflammations or when drug treatment is not working, he does not use steroids unless absolutely necessary and keeps the dosage under 0.5 cubic centimeters. Yang also administers an equal dosage of pain relievers to ensure that the body is able to metabolize everything within 24 hours.

Yang says that he only administers steroids to be taken orally for an extended period of time in cases of rheumatoid arthritis, systematic lupus erythematosus, and anklosing spondylitis, and he only administers them together with pain relievers during treatment.

(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)






1. allergy n.

過敏 (guo4 min3)

例: Other alternatives are available for people with a penicillin allergy.


2. arthritis n.

關節炎 (guan1 jie2 yan2)

例: Her arthritis got so bad that she had to stop playing the piano.


3. prescription drug n. phr.

處方藥 (chu4 fang1 yao4)

例: What is a prescription drug in one country may be an over-the-counter drug in another country.


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