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COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

COPD & Steroids

12/04/2009

Question:

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

Answer:

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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Response by:

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