Global  

Asthma patients given risky levels of steroid tablets, finds study

Video Credit: ANI - Duration: 01:04s - Published
Asthma patients given risky levels of steroid tablets, finds study

Asthma patients given risky levels of steroid tablets, finds study

A recent study found that more than one-quarter of asthma patients have been prescribed potentially dangerous amounts of steroid tablets.

With the findings, researchers warned that the prescription of dangerous amounts of steroid tablets puts them at greater risk of serious side-effects.

Researchers, led by University of Queensland Professor John Upham, analysed data from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) to find out how often Australians with asthma were taking repeated courses of steroid tablets.

The study was published in the Medical Journal of Australia.

Professor Upham said the study looked at more than 120,000 cases where asthma patients were given one or more prescriptions for steroid tablets by their doctor between 2014 and 2018."Researchers found more than 25 per cent of those patients were more likely to have a chronic condition," Professor Upham said.

"Short courses of steroid tablets can be effective at treating asthma attacks in the short term, but it's becoming clear that repeated use may cause significant long term side-effects like diabetes, osteoporosis and cataracts.

Around 2.5 million Australians have asthma, with the condition affecting more women than men.

Professor Upham said the best way to prevent asthma attacks was by regularly using preventer inhalers.

"Unfortunately, our study found half of the asthma patients given repeated scripts for steroid tablets were not using inhalers as often as they should," he said."Better approaches are needed to educate and support asthma patients and encourage them to use preventer inhalers regularly."This is the best way to avoid or minimise the need for steroid tablets, and the side effects they can produce."


You Might Like


πŸ’‘ One News Page Knowledge: Other News Mentions

Australians Australians

Marise Payne issues apology after stranded Aussies' identities were exposed in third bungle

Foreign Minister Marise Payne has apologised after the personal details of Australians stranded overseas was exposed for the third time in three months.
SBS

Covid 19 coronavirus AstraZeneca vaccine: Volunteer dies during human trials

A volunteer taking part in the trial for AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine, which Australians could be given doses of, has died. A volunteer taking part in human..
New Zealand Herald

'We need a new system': Growing calls for alternatives to mandatory hotel quarantine for returning Australians

The federal government has increased Australia's hotel quarantine cap, but frustrated people abroad say they want better options.
SBS

Young Australians are being 'aggressively radicalised' through right-wing extremism, federal police warn

The AFP's deputy commissioner singled out young people drawn to right-wing extremism as being at risk of "aggressive" radicalisation online.
SBS

Push to expand intake of stranded Australians faces delays after National Cabinet meeting is postponed

More than 29,000 Australians have told the government they want to return home but are stuck due to the coronavirus pandemic.
SBS

Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme Australian Government subsidy for prescription medication

Related news from verified sources

Asthma patients given risky levels of steroid tablets: Study


newKerala.com - Published Also reported by •Science Daily



Tweets about this

Albertlana1

HELLπŸ…ΆπŸ…΄πŸ…ΎπŸ†πŸ…ΆπŸ…΄π”Š RT @DIEBO37: #Asthma patients given risky levels of #steroid tablets, which puts them at greater risk of serious side effects.#Health #π”Šπ•―π”β€¦ 5 days ago


Related videos from verified sources

Face masks unlikely to cause over-exposure to CO2, even in patients with lung disease [Video]

Face masks unlikely to cause over-exposure to CO2, even in patients with lung disease

New research findings contradict statements linking wearing face masks to carbon dioxide poisoning by trapping CO2. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the wearing of face masks has become a highly political..

Credit: ANI     Duration: 01:46Published
Study: Air pollution increases stroke risk in people with AFib [Video]

Study: Air pollution increases stroke risk in people with AFib

Amid massive wildfires, high winds, and hurricanes across the US, people with atrial fibrillation, or AFib, should beware of highly polluted air. AFib is an irregular heartbeat that can cause blood..

Credit: Wochit Entertainment     Duration: 00:34Published
Study reveals children with asthma could benefit from prescribing according to genetic differences [Video]

Study reveals children with asthma could benefit from prescribing according to genetic differences

Selecting treatments according to genetic differences could help children and teenagers with asthma, according to new research presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress. The..

Credit: ANI     Duration: 01:09Published