13 doctors weighed in:

Are all steroids for asthma ever fattening?

13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics
6 doctors agree

In brief: Sometimes

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

In brief: Sometimes

Frequent oral steroids can cause weight gain but the inhaled steroids rarely cause any side effects if used correctly.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

Inhaled steroids have a local effect and very little is absorbed systemically so these would not tend to cause weight gain.
Systemic steroids (ex prednisone) do tend to result in weight gain. While on systemic steroids it is prudent to watch caloric intake to prevent weight gain as much as possible.

In brief: Depends

Inhaled steroids have a local effect and very little is absorbed systemically so these would not tend to cause weight gain.
Systemic steroids (ex prednisone) do tend to result in weight gain. While on systemic steroids it is prudent to watch caloric intake to prevent weight gain as much as possible.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Josephine Ruiz-Healy
Also depends how long you take systemic steroids.
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not necessarily.

Inhaled steroids rarely enter the bloodstream in enough concentration to make a difference.
Also, short (<5 day) bursts of oral steroids rarely cause weight gain, either.

In brief: Not necessarily.

Inhaled steroids rarely enter the bloodstream in enough concentration to make a difference.
Also, short (<5 day) bursts of oral steroids rarely cause weight gain, either.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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