Steroid conversions

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Steroid Equivalent (glucocorticoid) dose (mg) Half-life (hours), biologic Relative anti-inflammatory (glucocorticoid) potency Relative mineralocorticoid (Na+ retaining) potency
Cortisone 25 8-12 0.8 0.8
Hydrocortisone (Cortef) 20 8-12 1 1
Prednisone (Sterapred) 5 18-36 4 0.8
Prednisolone (Millipred) 5 18-36 4 0.8
Methylprednisolone (Solumedrol) 4 18-36 5 0.5
Dexamethasone (Decadron) 0.75 36-54 25 0

References

  1. Meikle AW, Tyler FH. Potency and duration of action of glucocorticoids. Effects of hydrocortisone, prednisone and dexamethasone on human pituitary-adrenal function. Am J Med. 1977 Aug;63(2):200-7. PubMed