Difficult to control asthma

10) Oral steroids and injections

Prednisolone tablets

Prednisolone tablets

Oral steroids and injections are usually given as:

  • Prednisolone tablets.
  • Methylprednisolone. (Medrol®)
  • Triamcinolone (Kenalog®) injections. Usually injections are used if tablet form does not give sufficient relief or when some people have side effects. Can be given every 4-6 weeks.

What do they do?

  • Reduce the inflammation in the lining of the lungs.
  • This reduces the tightening of the airways. and means breathing becomes easier.
  • They can be taken to help control the symptoms of an acute asthma attack.
  • Steroid tablets can also be taken daily by some people with asthma that is difficult to control.
  • It may take a few days to feel the full benefits of taking steroid medication.