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Oral steroids

You’ll typically use steroids in pill or liquid form for a moderate or serious flare-up, also known as an acute exacerbation. These fast-acting oral medications are usually prescribed for short-term use, often 5 to 14 days. For adults, doses may be anywhere from 5 to 60 milligrams daily. But your dose will depend on the severity of your symptoms, the strength of the particular medicine, and other factors. Prescription medication and other treatment decisions should always be made on an individual basis.

Among the more commonly prescribed oral steroids for COPD are:

  • prednisone (Deltasone, Liquid Pred)
  • hydrocortisone (Cortef)
  • prednisolone (Prelone)
  • methylprednisolone (Medrol)
  • dexamethasone (Decadron)