The commonly used glucocorticosteroids in veterinary medicine include betamethasone,
dexamethasone, methylprednisolone, prednisolone and triamcinolone.
The more potent glucocorticosteroids, such as dexamethasone and betamethasone,
are used for initial control of a problem, but not for long-term management.
The rapid acting methylprednisolone acetate can be used in an emergency.
The less potent agents, such as prednisolone, hydrocortisone and methylprednisolone
are used for long-term management. The eventual aim is to use the lowest
possible dose on alternate days that will control the clinical symptoms.