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When should prednisone be taken for my asthma?

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Prednisone is a steroid medication you take by mouth. If you have serious worsening of asthma symptoms (an asthma attack), your doctor may prescribe a brief course of prednisone or other oral steroids. Oral steroids may also be prescribed when your asthma symptoms worsen but you do not need to go to the hospital.

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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