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What are side effects of steroid medicines for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

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Side effects of steroid medicines depend on how long you take them. You may found yourself gaining weight or getting easily bruised. Other side effects might include:

  • Cough
  • Increased chance of infections
  • Infections of the mouth
  • Hoarse voice
  • Sore mouth or throat
  • Weakened bones

From: What Are the Treatments for COPD? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American Lung Association: "Managing Your COPD Medications."

American Family Physician: “Treatment of Stable Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: the GOLD Guidelines.”

Mayo Clinic: "COPD Treatment."

National Health Service: "Bronchodilators -- Side Effects."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is COPD Treated?" "What Causes COPD?" "What is COPD?"

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on March 14, 2019

SOURCES: American Lung Association: "Managing Your COPD Medications."

American Family Physician: “Treatment of Stable Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: the GOLD Guidelines.”

Mayo Clinic: "COPD Treatment."

National Health Service: "Bronchodilators -- Side Effects."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is COPD Treated?" "What Causes COPD?" "What is COPD?"

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on March 14, 2019

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