How frequently is pediatric asthma treated with oral corticosteroids?

Updated: Jan 08, 2019
  • Author: Girish D Sharma, MD, FCCP, FAAP; Chief Editor: Kenan Haver, MD  more...
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Due to concern about oral corticosteroid overuse, Farber et al conducted a study that reported that of the 69,056 children with asthma reported in the Texas Children’s Health Plan database from 2011-2015, 42.1% to 44.2% were prescribed oral corticosteroid more than once. Repeated prescriptions of oral corticosteroids were more common in children younger than 5 years and 81%-83% of children prescribed oral corticosteroids did not have other signs of poor asthma control (excessive β-agonist refills, emergency department visits, or hospitalizations for asthma). [56, 57]


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