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steroid tappering related to dose or duration of use? imean if i give copd pt iv 200mg steroid single dose when he not respond to bronchodilator

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Dr. Howard Feinberg
36 years experience Rheumatology
Both: The first step is to decide how much steroid is needed to treat the problem and help the symptoms. A single dose of steroids does not require tapering. The general rule is over 20mg for over 2 weeks should be tapered. Stopping suddenly after this point might be OK but runs the risk of a life threatening problem.
Answered on Jun 20, 2014
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