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What are the side effects of inhaled steroids for asthma?

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Inhaled steroids have few side effects, especially at lower doses. Thrush (a yeast infection in the mouth) and hoarseness may occur, although this is rare. Rinsing your mouth, gargling after using your asthma inhaler, and using a spacer device with metered dose inhalers can help prevent these side effects. Thrush is easily treated with a prescription antifungal lozenge or rinse.

Inhaled steroids (commonly known as asthma inhalers) are safe for adults and children. Side effects with these anti-inflammatory asthma inhalers are minimal. Your doctor will prescribe the lowest dose that effectively controls your child's or your asthma.

On a side note, many parents are concerned about giving their children "steroids." Inhaled steroids are not the same as anabolic steroids that some athletes take to build muscle. These steroids are anti-inflammatory drugs, the cornerstone of asthma therapy. There are many benefits of using anti-inflammatory asthma inhalers to manage asthma.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Asthma Medications."

American Lung Association: "Long-Term Control Medications."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Non-Allergic Asthma."

Boehringer Ingelheim: "US FDA Expands Approval of Tiotropium Respimat® for Maintenance Treatment of Asthma in Children."

FDA News Release. “FDA approves Cinqair to treat severe asthma.”

FDA. Prescribing Information: Spiriva Respimat.

News release, Merck.

News release, GlaxoSmithKline.

NIH, MedlinePlus: "Omalizumab Injection."

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 6, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Asthma Medications."

American Lung Association: "Long-Term Control Medications."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Non-Allergic Asthma."

Boehringer Ingelheim: "US FDA Expands Approval of Tiotropium Respimat® for Maintenance Treatment of Asthma in Children."

FDA News Release. “FDA approves Cinqair to treat severe asthma.”

FDA. Prescribing Information: Spiriva Respimat.

News release, Merck.

News release, GlaxoSmithKline.

NIH, MedlinePlus: "Omalizumab Injection."

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 6, 2017

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