A member asked:

How does prednisone work to help with a cough? congested nose, ears, chest. mucinex (guaifenesin) caused me palpitations and got prescribed steroids instead

5 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Ayisha Gani answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Steroid used during the inflammation as an anti -infammatory agent. It reduces the seretions and swelling goes along with the infection and inflammation.

Answered Oct 20, 2014


Dr. Larry Xanthopoulos answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Steroids are an anti-inflammatory medication typically prescribed in active asthma. They would be prescribed if pt is wheezing or having difficulty breathing or having coughing fits that are attributed to airway inflammation. So this medication would decrease the inflammatory markers present in the airway that are causing leaking of the vessels and swelling of the airway.

Answered Jul 28, 2017



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