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Comparison of Beclomethasone Dipropionate Aerosol and Prednisolone in Reversible Airways Obstruction

Br Med J 1972; 3 doi: (Published 05 August 1972) Cite this as: Br Med J 1972;3:314
  1. S. Lal,
  2. D. M. Harris,
  3. K. K. Bhalla,
  4. S. N. Singhal,
  5. A. G. Butler


    This paper describes a double-bond crossover trial of prednisolone and beclomethasone dipropionate aerosol in 38 steroid-dependent patients with reversible diffuse airways obstruction. Altogether there was no difference in the patient's preference of the two treatment groups or in the number of times they used their bronchodilator aerosol, or in the forced expiratory volume in one second, vital capacity, or peak expiratory flow rate in the two treatment groups. The plasma cortisol levels when the patients were on the aerosol were much higher than when they were on prednisolone. The use of inhaled aerosol steroids seems to be preferable as it eliminates the usual complications of oral steroid therapy.