Difficult to control asthma

11) Inhaled steroids

If you are prescribed inhaled steroids this is a smaller does than you would get in tablet form with fewer long term side effects. Inhaled steroids do not work right away, it takes time to build up over days or weeks so do not stop your inhaled steroids when you start to feel better. Your symptoms will return. It is important that your healthcare team review your medication on a regular basis to ensure you are on the correct treatment to minimise the risk of side effects.

If you need to take steroids for a long period (months rather than weeks) and you have any of the following medical conditions, you will be carefully monitored by your doctor.

  • High blood pressure or a heart condition.
  • Liver or kidney problems.
  • Diabetes.
  • Osteoporosis.