I have a virus of some sort, cough, ache all over, hot and cold etc etc and went to out of hours last night as asthma kicked off. The doctor saidmy chest was clear but the virus had caused the asthma flair up hense the cough. I have usrd so much salbutomol I am shaking. He gave me a weeks worth of prednisolone ( I have only needed these once before) I was however discussing this with a friend who says that the dose should be given and then reduced over days as opposed to just given for a set time and then stopped. She refuses to use them as heard that someone dies from suddenly stopping them. I now feel awful, cant breath and am scard to take the prednisolone as I have been prescribed 4 a day for a week and then no more. Is this ok? Can I use them just for a week on this dose and then just stop? Is anyone else suffering like this at the moment? My asthma is usually mild and controllable but I even struggled to ride my horse tonight, I was gasping and couging and still am!