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How does prednisone treat asthma?

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Prednisone is a steroid medication that tamps down inflammation. You take prednisone by mouth so it’s absorbed in your body. That’s different from inhaled steroids (asthma inhalers) that go straight to your lungs. Prednisone lowers your immune system's reaction to ease swelling and other allergic-type symptoms.

Prednisone and other systemic steroids may be used to treat asthma attacks and to give you better control over your asthma. Steroids are used with other asthma medications to either control sudden and severe asthma attacks or to treat long-term, hard-to-control asthma.

From: Prednisone and Asthma WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "Asthma Medications and Osteoporosis." Asthma and Allergy Foundation: "Corticosteroids."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on July 05, 2018

SOURCES: American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "Asthma Medications and Osteoporosis." Asthma and Allergy Foundation: "Corticosteroids."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on July 05, 2018

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