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What are the side effects long-term steroid use for asthma?

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Steroids can lead to some serious side effects, especially when you take it by mouth and for a long time. Side effects with long-term steroid use include:

  • Stunted growth
  • Diabetes
  • Cataracts of the eyes
  • Bone-thinning osteoporosis
  • Muscle weakness

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 5, 2018

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

Reviewed by Louise Chang on July 5, 2018

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