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COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

COPD & Steroids



When taking 200mg prednisone for a short time for a COPD crisis how does the steroid help the lungs for you to be able to breathe better? What mg do a person usually decrease down to for stabalization? Thank You


Prednisone is used to decrease inflammation in the lung's airways.  It is felt that airway inflammation contributes to shortness of breath, cough and wheeze during an exacerbation (or flare-up) of COPD.  Prednisone is one of the most potent anti-inflammatory medicines and can help in this situation.  The usual dose of prednisone in this setting is 30-60 mg for 7-10 days.

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Mahasti   Rittinger, RRT Mahasti Rittinger, RRT
Clinical Program Manager of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University