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Are all steroids for asthma ever fattening?

Are all steroids for asthma ever fattening?

Sometimes: Frequent oral steroids can cause weight gain but the inhaled steroids rarely cause any side effects if used correctly. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

A disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of ...Read more


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What would be the effects of using steroids to assist with asthma?

What would be the effects of using steroids to assist with asthma?

Steroid side effects: Unfortunately while the antiinflammatory properties of steroids can be helpful in asthma the effects systemically are pretty negative: weight gain, glucose intolerance/insulin resistance, thinning of bones, mood disturbances, sexual dysfunction and others. ...Read more

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What is a detox for asthma steroids?

What is a detox for asthma steroids?

Careful: Very important - do you mean steroids by mouth (or injection)? Or simply by spray inhaler (MDI). Very different. When taking oral steroids such as prednisone/prednisolone/methylprednisolone for prolonged periods (more than a few days), cautious slow reduction of dose is required to avoid a (potentially) life threatening adverse reaction. Inhaled steroids far safer; pts vary dose via action plans. ...Read more

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Is a steroid shot for asthma painful?

Is a steroid shot for asthma painful?

Depends: On your pain threshold. Some people have no problems whereas others faint at the sight of a needle. However, most steroids for asthma can be given orally too. ...Read more

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What are some detoxes for asthma steroids?

What are some detoxes for asthma steroids?

Can't improve nature: Since steroids are just look-a-likes of naturally made hormone cortisol, a healthy liver is the best and highly evolved detoxing agent. In fact, slow withdrawal is often required b/c liver detoxes steroids too fast. Side effects are from super high medicinal doses attaching to steroid receptors on every cell in the body bringing it directly to the nucleus, flipping DNA into overdrive days to weeks ...Read more

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When should I use inhaled steroids used for asthma?

When should I use inhaled steroids used for asthma?

"rules of 2": If you use a rescue inhaler like albuterol more than twice per week, wake at night with asthma symptoms more than twice per month, or refill albuterol more than twice per year, then you may need inhaled steroids to help control your asthma. A breathing test performed by an allergist or pulmonologist can be helpful in deciding whether inhaled steroids should be used as well. ...Read more

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Hi docs, would asthma steroids make me gain weight?

Hi docs, would asthma steroids make me gain weight?

Depends: If you mean the inhaler steroids, it is not likely since most of the drug does not get into your system. On the other hand, oral tablets or liquid can cause this problem. It will depend on how much and for how long. Talk it over with your physician. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the mechanism by which oral steroids work for asthma?

Reduce inflammation: Steroids act as an anti inflammatory agent. When taken orally, they ultimately reach the lung and reduce the inflammatory process that results in bronchial constriction. Inhaled steroids are preferred in that they predominantly work in the lung and spare the rest of the body. ...Read more

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What are the benefits and drawbacks of inhaled steroids for asthma?

Few drawbacks: Inhaled corticosteroids (ic) are an amazing gift for persistent asthma patients reducing asthma episodes, hospitalization & deaths & improving lung function & quality of life. High doses are infrequently associated with bone calcium loss & slower growth in kids. Moderate doses are not & work as well as higher doses. Ic reduces the need for oral Prednisone a drug with many more adverse effects. ...Read more

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Anyone using prescribed advair for extreme asthma, instead of oral steroids?

Advair...: Advair is a combination long-term bronchodilator and steroid inhaler. It can be used instead of systemic steroids, thus avoiding many of the side effects of systemic steroids. Follow your doctor's instructions and seek help immediately if you have an acute exacerbation. ...Read more

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Could asthma steroids make me gain weight?

Could asthma steroids make me gain weight?

Asthma and steroids: AS per studies there is no clinical significant evidence to say that inhaled corticosteroids cause weight gain. http://www.asthma.ca/adults/treatment/inhaledSteroids.php https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ta138/documents/barnes2 ...Read more

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What is the difference between a steroid and a laba combination and something like umeclidium and and laba combination? Which is better? For asthma?

What is the difference between a steroid and a laba combination and something like umeclidium and and laba combination? Which is better? For asthma?

Umeclidinium: Is different from steroids, it is an anticholinergic, produces bronchodilation and other effects, used for COPD patients, at times combined with LABA. Steroid inhalers on the other hand are meant for asthma, for its antinflammatory effect, the main problem in asthma, can be combined with LABA, for initial control of symptoms, but never the LABA alone in either condition, wish you wellness ...Read more

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Are the steroids for treating asthma and the steroids people use for muscles the same?

Are the steroids for treating asthma and the steroids people use for muscles the same?

No.: Anabolic steroids are actually male hormones; asthma medications are called "glucocorticosteroids", they suppress immune responses but do not cause muscle overdevelopment. ...Read more

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Will usage of an inhaler containing steroids for asthma for 4 months, cause any side effect for a child?

Will usage of an inhaler containing steroids for asthma for 4 months, cause any side effect for a child?

Unlikely: The most common side effect of inhaled steroids, especially over such a short period of time, would be oral thrush. Make sure your child rinses his mouth after using the inhaler to prevent this. ...Read more

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How long for oral steroids to work for asthma? Had them for 48 hours but had asthma attack last night. What do you recommend i do?

How long for oral steroids to work for asthma? Had them for 48 hours but had asthma attack last night. What do you recommend i do?

See your doctor: If you are on oral steroids and are still having significant asthma symptoms, you should see your doctor immediately. You should also plan to see a board-certified allergist, who also has extensive training in the management of asthma. ...Read more

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3 year old daughter has asthma and last week had a course of steroids for a flare up but this week she is still rattling and coughing?

3 year old daughter has asthma and last week had a course of steroids for a flare up but this week she is still rattling and coughing?

Persistent asthma: Looks like your daughter has persistent asthma for which long acting inhaled steroids may need to be initiated to control her symptoms. your child's doctor can help you define a long term goals with an Asthma Action Plan. You can then follow it and review it with your doctor every 4-6 months for changes that may be needed depending on the response. ...Read more

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Does the medicine albuterol for asthma have steroids?

Does the medicine albuterol for asthma have steroids?

Albuterol: Albuterol is a type of beta-agonist. It acts by activating beta receptors in lungs which results in dilation and easier breathing. It can also speed up the heart rate because of its beta receptor effects. It has no steroidal activity. However, both bronchodilators and steroids are used in treatment of asthma. ...Read more

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What should I do to prevent weight gain while on oral steroids for my asthma?

Low calorie foods: Oral steroids do increase appetite. Weight gain can be limited by eating low calorie foods such as lots of vegetables and salads but watch the high calorie dressings. Oral steroids also cause salt retention which holds fluid in your body so limiting salt intake will decrease fluid retention/puffiness. Oral steroids should be taken for the shortest time possible. ...Read more

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What is the rationale of prescribing steroids for treatment of bronchial asthma?

What is the rationale of prescribing steroids for treatment of bronchial asthma?

Steroids: Steroids are anti-inflammatory in nature. Asthma is a disease that has both inflammation and bronchoconstriction as its components. Both bronchodilators and steroids are used in treatment of asthma. ...Read more

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What other options will my doc give me if steroid & rescue inhalers aren't helping asthma?

What other options will my doc give me if steroid & rescue inhalers aren't helping asthma?

Oral meds may help: For asthma that is out of control, the addition of nonsteroidal anitinflammatory med like montelukast may help, or a short course of oral steroids. Some people still respond to theophylline orally. Pulmonary function tests can distinguish between the bronchospasm seen with asthma from the laryngospasm and difficulty inhaling often seen with anxiety or panic. ...Read more

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My husband's doctor put him on steroids for his asthma and we are wondering what exactly they do?

Inflamation: Steroids (cortisone like) are used in inflammatory conditions like asthma. Though in acute asthma you have constriction in the lungs which causes the difficult breathing, steroids are used to treat the inflamation that is going on even when you have no attacks. Their purpose is to reduce the number and severity of his acute attacks. ...Read more

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Why would someone be given an inhaler and steroids for acute bronchitis if they don't have asthma?

Why would someone be given an inhaler and steroids for acute bronchitis if they don't have asthma?

Symptoms: Bronchitis can be from any causes and means inflammation of the bronchial tree. If the symptoms are really bothersome, it may be treated temporarily with anti-asthma drugs to reduce the inflammation. Do note that if you do develop prolonged bronchitis symptoms with each cold, it may well be a manifestation of asthma which is only triggered by an infection particularly a viral one ...Read more

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Was in hsptl for asthma on IV steroids, now GFR at 43 levels for stge 3 kid disease? I don't smoke, no hbp, feeling hopeless re health. How improve?

Was in hsptl for asthma on IV steroids, now GFR at 43 levels for stge 3 kid disease? I don't smoke, no hbp, feeling hopeless re health. How improve?

The right doctors: See an allergist to manage your asthma and a nephrologist to manage your kidney issue. There is a good chance your health would improve with the right doctors. One glaring omission is the use of inhaled steroid in your asthma management. ...Read more

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Had asthma flare up and am T2 diabetic, no meds. On Steroids 60, then 40 for 4 days. Bg is 245 at night, normal 109 in am. Anything to worry about?

Had asthma flare up and am T2 diabetic, no meds. On Steroids 60, then 40 for 4 days.  Bg is 245 at night, normal 109 in am. Anything to worry about?

Probably not: Sorry to hear about your asthma flare. Prednisone definitely elevates your blood sugar but this is temporary. Keep up the good work monitoring your blood sugar. ...Read more

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4 years I have been on daily nebulizer occasionally high doses of steroids. What they thought is asthma and allergic to all foods. Is it laryngospasm?

Laryngospasm: It can be vocal cord dysfunction but you do not describe any of your symptoms. You also cannot be allergic to all foods. You really need to see an allergist to guide you with your symptoms and determine your allergies properly. ...Read more

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I had a right lower lobe lobectomy 10 weeks ago and have been struggling with asthma since. Two rounds of steroids have not knocked it out. Thoughts?

I had a right lower lobe lobectomy  10 weeks ago and have been struggling with asthma since.  Two rounds of steroids have not knocked it out. Thoughts?

Reason: Depends. Anatomic lung resection/lobectomy, is often for lung cancer. Depending on remaining pulmonary reserve, not uncommon to have sensation of short of breath after surgery. In addition, patients with lung cancer often have other injuries to their lungs from smoking. Numerous factors may be causing your symptoms. Recommend discuss with surgeon and pulmonologist. ...Read more

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Currently on oral steroids for Asthma but still peak flow is around 350 and drops to around 260, soon as I got to work (clothing store) it starts off and continues all day and worked there 4 years now?

Currently on oral steroids for Asthma but still peak flow is around 350 and drops to around 260, soon as I got to work (clothing store) it starts off and continues all day and worked there 4 years now?

Occupational asthma?: Great that you are tracking with peak flow monitoring. Continue this mornings, evenings, at work and also on days off. Document it. If you are still recovering from a flare up such as after a cold then it could be any kind of dust, smoke or fumes including perfumes and off-gassing from new clothing that's irritating it. This may resolve once the flare is over. Continue inhaled steroids. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregg Albers
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