I have a relative who has just been prescribed a second consecutive course of steroid tablets (6 a day first course and 8 a day second course) At present I am not sure whether there is a ‘tailing off’ towards the end of each course as I was myself always given to understand that you do not stop abruptly with say 6 tablets on the last day.
The relative seems very vague about continuing her normal dosage of Seretide and whether or not she can continue using her reliever Bricanyl.
The lady is very reluctant to seek clarification from her doctor.
My question is therefore, “Is there any useful publication that gives guidance to the Asthmatic person when undergoing emergency steroid therapy”
From my own perspective I have always been given to understand that I continue with the Preventer Inhaler and still use the Reliever as required when on steroid therapy.
The other unfortunate aspect of this situation is that there does not appear to be adequate support form an Asthma Nurse Specialist, for after all this relative is 76years old.