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How safe is prednisone and other oral steroids in treating asthma?

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Prednisone is a type of oral medication called systemic steroid that tamps down inflammation. Taking a 2-week “short burst" of high-dose oral steroids like prednisone for asthma is relatively safe. But taking steroids for a long time can bring on serious side effects. For example, it can lead to bone thinning and osteoporosis. You may need calcium supplements.

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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