There's already a lot of Threads on this Forum about the 'side effects and risks' of long-term Oral Steroid Tabs - e.g. Prednisolone - of which I'm reasonably aware.
Many of us are faced with a choice of relying (predominantly) on either:
(a) Oral Steroids OR
(b) Long Acting Beta Agonists (LABAs) which, as many will know, is the frequent 'second' Drug Class included in 'most' Duel Inhalers, alongside an inhale-able steroid.
Those who use 'both' Oral Steroids AND an Inhaler which includes a LABA can, I guess, decide which of these two Meds to favour 'most', then tell their Doc which one they would prefer to be emphasized 'above the other' in their Treatment Plan. (Patient's Choice).
So, I'm currently wondering how the long-term 'side-effects and risks' of these two Meds compare with each other (as I need to decide whether I should continue to let the LABA play the dominant role in my Treatment Plan, or to reduce it and add-in a low dose daily steroid tab).
Has anyone looked into this and arrived at an 'opinion' as to whether (in the long-term) they are likely to be at less risk - and suffer fewer side effects - if they take 'less of one of these Meds' and more of the other?
Is it something your Consultant, Asthma Nurse or Doctor has expressed a view on - if so, I'd be very interested in what they told you.
I'm planning to ask my Consultant about this and - if you're due to see your's anytime soon - it may be informative to ask the same question, then share any answer provided on this Forum.