No I do not have asthma, my son does. He has been asthmatic for 16 years. Where I get my information is from his pulmonologist as well as extensive research. I know that cortesteroids are not the same as "normal" steroids but I have had years of experience with cortesteroids due to my other health conditions. I am glad that you have no adverse reactions to cortesteroids but some of us are not so lucky. I am extremely steroid sensitive(regular or cort) and even cortesteroids still give me all the same side effects as lets say prednisone. I get the jitters, insomnia, rashes, muscle cramps, appetite increase etc. And this is from merely cortesteroid injections as well as other cort meds. Cortesteroids ARE different then prednisone (oral or inhaled) and it IS considered the safer among the two however, it IS still a steroid and it has to be treated as such. To say that Symbicort is a safe alternative may work for you but it may not work for someone that can not have ANY steroid. That is what the OP was wondering about.
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