A 35-year-old member asked:
Is it dangerous to inhale asthma medications with steroids inside?
2 doctor answers • 6 doctors weighed in
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
No: It is dangerous however, to let asthma symptoms go untreated. If one needs a rescue inhaler( albuterol) more than twice a week on a regular basis, and the rescue inhaler is used for more than just vigorous activity, that is a sign that asthma is poorly controlled. A controller medication like an inhaled steroid and/ or singulair (montelukast) is needed;.
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Internal Medicine 30 years experience
No...: Inhaled steroids are needed in most asthmatics because they decrease airway inflammation, a major component of asthma. Very little of the steroids are absorbed systemically so the systemic side effects are little to none. This is a very well tolerated treatment in the vast majority of asthmatics.
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Last updated Jun 27, 2013
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