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GP concern over high-dose corticosteroids

Most GPs have concerns about giving high-dose inhaled corticosteroids to asthma patients, a survey suggests.

The survey of 201 GPs by the Respiratory Education Training Centre found 94 per cent had concerns about potential side-effects when prescribing steroids at levels equivalent to more than 400 micrograms of beclomethasone.

Some 89 per cent said they would rather use an add-on treatment such as a leukotriene receptor antagonist or long-acting ?-2 receptor agonist than increase steroid dosage.

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