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COPD Patients May Do Fine With Shorter Course of Steroids

In Uncategorized on May 23, 2013 at 9:16 am

This sounds very interesting. I was just recently diagnosed with osteoporosis that has been caused by the massive amounts of steroids I have been taking the last couple of years. I will be sure to bring this up with my doctors.

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By Steven Reinberg
HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, May 21 (HealthDay News) — Less is more when it comes to steroid therapy for patients having severe bouts of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to Swiss investigators.

Five days of glucocorticoid treatment with prednisone to treat COPD flare-ups was as good as the standard 14 days, but with fewer chances for adverse side effects, they said.

“We wanted to show that a shorter period of treatment was not less effective than 14 days,” said lead researcher Dr. Jorg Leuppi, with the department of medicine at the University Hospital of Basel.

The shorter course of treatment had the same outcome as the longer course of treatment, the study found. “There is exactly the same time to recovery and exactly the same number of re-exacerbations,” Leuppi said.

In addition, the shorter course of treatment meant fewer side effects from the drug, such as increased…

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