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Steroids do not reduce lower respiratory symptoms in non-asthmatic adults, study finds

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 23 August 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3956
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Oral corticosteroids do not reduce the severity or duration of symptoms of acute lower respiratory tract infections in adults without asthma, a randomised study has reported,1 prompting the researchers to advise against using steroids in these patients.

“Chest infections are one of the most common problems in primary care and often treated inappropriately with antibiotics,” explained the lead author, Alistair Hay, professor of primary care at the University of Bristol, UK. “Corticosteroids, like prednisolone, are increasingly …

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