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Can You Reduce Steroid Treatments for Sarcoidosis?

Lung ExamIf you have sarcoidosis, your doctor may prescribe steroids at some point during your treatment. Specific types of steroids can treat the symptoms of this inflammatory condition, which often affects the lungs.

But steroids are not for everyone. Used long-term, steroids present a long list of potential side effects. That’s why doctors often look for “steroid-sparing” treatments to address sarcoidosis over time.

Below, Daniel Culver, DO, a leader in treating sarcoidosis, describes the concerns surrounding steroids, as well as treatment alternatives.

The risks of long-term steroid use