Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Everyday Health on Inhaled Steroids

Since posts on this topic are always catalysts for comments and lively discussion, I thought I'd share this one. Everyday Health answers this question:

"My son has been on steroids for asthma since he was 18 months old. He has been on Flovent since March 2006, one puff twice a day, 110 mg. He turned three on June 9, 2006. I have two questions: Are there any studies that show long-term effects of taking this steroid other than affecting growth? Could Flovent be causing him to be hyper? He is a very busy, active boy."

The answer, by an asthma specialist, might make you feel a little better about keeping your kids on Flovent or Pulmicort.

My take (as always): I hate the stuff as much as the rest of you, but it does tend to keep my kids out of the hospital. If helping them breathe means their a little more active and a little shorter...I'll take it!