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Are steroid inhalers harmful if used for a long time (> 20 years)?

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Dr. Daniel Chappell
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In brief: Micrograms

Steroid inhalers deliver micrograms of steroid directly to the tissues they are affecting and are very safe for long term use, even >20 yrs.
This is thousands of times less than when we prescribe a "burst" of steroids (in milligrams), which is still safe if used for less than 3 weeks. Long term steroid use in milligrams is not safe and has many side effects (adrenal, bone, skin, etc).

In brief: Micrograms

Steroid inhalers deliver micrograms of steroid directly to the tissues they are affecting and are very safe for long term use, even >20 yrs.
This is thousands of times less than when we prescribe a "burst" of steroids (in milligrams), which is still safe if used for less than 3 weeks. Long term steroid use in milligrams is not safe and has many side effects (adrenal, bone, skin, etc).
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