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COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)




I have copd and have had a few bad days of breathing. My doctor told me to take 20 mg prednisone for 5 days. He said no tapering off is necessary with a blast treatment. Is it safe to do this?


Yes, it is safe to discontinue prednisone at 20mgs a day with this short duration of therapy.

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Gretchen   Whitby, APRN Gretchen Whitby, APRN
Nurse Practitioner of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University

Phillip T Diaz, MD Phillip T Diaz, MD
Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University