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How is prednisone used to treat asthma attacks?

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If you have a serious asthma attack, your doctor may prescribe a short course of oral corticosteroids. When used orally for less than two weeks, the side effects of corticosteroids are less likely, but when used for many months, they can have a serious and permanent effect. After the severe symptoms of your asthma attack have been successfully treated and controlled, your doctor will work with you to minimize your need for prednisone in the future. Faithfully taking an inhaled corticosteroid every day is the most commonly successful way to do this.

From: Asthma Treatments WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians: Family Doctor: "Asthma: Learning to Control Your Symptoms." American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "AAAI Allergy & Asthma Medication Guide.

"  "Asthma G.A.P. in America: General Awareness and Perceptions," a telephone survey conducted with 3,042 adults in 2007. News release, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 29, 2019

SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians: Family Doctor: "Asthma: Learning to Control Your Symptoms." American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "AAAI Allergy & Asthma Medication Guide.

"  "Asthma G.A.P. in America: General Awareness and Perceptions," a telephone survey conducted with 3,042 adults in 2007. News release, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 29, 2019

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