Asthma UK community forum
9,887 members16,645 posts

Prescribed Steroids


I have been suffering with a tight chest, not wheezing, but just struggling to breath.

I went to the doctors and I have been prescribed a 7 day course of taking 30g per day of steroids.

Its my 4th day today, and haven't noticed any difference, I was just wondering how long it usually takes to notice any changes?

Edit: I am taking steroids in tablets, not inhaler.. to clear up my chest.

4 Replies


I was showing classic asthma symptoms, a decrease in lung function (peak flow) in the mornings, when I started taking Symbicort steroid inhaler, the dip in my lung function recovered immediately. But from my early understanding of lungs/asthma and drugs some people can take a little time to react, depending on what you have.



Hi AJ, I am not actually sure how quickly they kick in but when I was on them in August I didn't know the difference at the time - probably because my body was so exhausted from fighting everything. But eventually it made a huge difference so stick at them and keep resting!


Thanks. Just starting to panic it could be something more serious, whats confusing me is there is no weezing and it just appears to be a tight chest, like something blocking me breathing.

Maybe its just normal for asthma?


7 Days are over, no luck with the steroids, so back to the doctors tomorrow! : (


You may also like...