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A 30-year-old female asked:

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

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ayisha Gani
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Steroid: Steroid used during the inflammation as an anti -infammatory agent. It reduces the seretions and swelling goes along with the infection and inflammation.
Dr. Larry Xanthopoulos
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Anti-inflammatory: 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.
Last updated Jul 28, 2017


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