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Child under continuous foracort and budecort inhalation. Impacts on general health and growth?

My daughter is presently eight years old and she was under foracort 100 inhalation since her fourth year. Presently, for the past six months, she is administered Budesonide (Budecort) 200 twice daily to control the wheezing . What are all the likely impact of these medicines on her general health and growth because of the continuous inhalation for the past 4-5 years. When these medication can be stopped.
Asked On : Thu, 15 Nov 2012
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Welcome to healthcaremagic.

Steroid medications given by inhalers are usually safe, as there are less systemic side-effects (side effects on other body systems). Both Foracort and Budecort are steroid medications.

I would like to know:

How has her control of Asthma/wheezing episodes?

Has she been admitted in hospital?

Is she getting any other asthma medications along with steroid inhalers?

It is also important to continue monitoring her growth - weight and height whilst she is receiving steroids. Has there been any change in her growth profile over past 4-5 years?

Steroids given in higher dosage or pretty long period of time (as in your case) can have impact. However, it is important to weigh the balance of these side effects vs controlling her asthma

Inhaler medications can be stopped gradually provided her symptoms are well-controlled and regularly followed-up.

I hope I've been able to answer your queries.


Dr Tejas Shah


Answered: Thu, 15 Nov 2012
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