Anyone taking oral steroids or a high dose of inhaled steroids for more than three weeks should be given a steroid treatment card . Small enough to keep in your purse or wallet, this card has room to record the details of your dose and your condition(s). This is so that if you ever need any medical treatment and you're not able to communicate (you're having an asthma attack, for example), the people treating you know you're taking prednisolone and can plan your treatment accordingly. If you are taking oral steroids, or high-dose inhaled steroids, for more than three weeks then you should never suddenly stop them.
Anti-inflammatory asthma inhalers have become the first line of treatment for asthma and may play a role in other lung diseases. After the introduction of inhaled steroids, the need for oral steroids such as prednisone may decrease.
Unlike the serious side effects of oral steroids, the most common side effects of anti-inflammatory steroid asthma inhalers are hoarseness and oral thrush , especially in elderly people. As with all asthma inhalers, you should rinse the mouth carefully. Gargle with water after inhalation to help reduce the risk of oral thrush.