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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.

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

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on July 18, 2020

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

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on July 18, 2020

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