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I've never been on it, but it is a very common steroid that is used to treat lots of conditions but mainly to reduce inflammation and immune response (in the case of auto-immune disorders). Some things to remember:

~It depresses your natural immune response, so you are more susceptible to infection

~If you decide to go off it, you need to wean down so your natural steroid production will pick up the balance

As for alternatives, it depends on what your condition is and what the steroid is being used for. It can be a trial and error process, but there are probably other things you can try. If steroids aren't working for you, you should consider either going off them or increasing the dosage. Don't do either without consulting your doc though, so she/he can aid you in adjusting the dosage. Good luck
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