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Oral corticosteroids do not reduce the symptom duration or severity of acute lower respiratory tract infections in adults who do not have asthma, a study has concluded.

 Researchers studied outcomes in 398 non-asthmatic adults who were given prednisolone 40mg once daily for five days. Median cough duration was five days in both the prednisolone and placebo groups. Mean symptom severity was 1.99 points in the prednisolone group and 2.16 points in the placebo group.

In addition, “no significant treatment effects were observed for duration or severity of other acute lower respiratory tract infection symptoms, duration of abnormal peak flow, antibiotic use, or non-serious adverse events.”

The UK study was funded by NIHR School for Primary Care Research and published in JAMA.

Alastair Hay, a GP and Professor of Primary Care in the Bristol Medical School at the University of Bristol and lead author, said: “Chest infections are one of the most common problems in primary care and often treated inappropriately with antibiotics. Corticosteroids, like prednisolone, are increasingly being used to try to reduce the symptoms of chest infections, but without sufficient evidence.

“Our study does not support the continued use of steroids as they do not have a clinically useful effect on symptom duration or severity. We would not recommend their use for this group of patients.”

Links:
NIHR announcement      
NIHR SPCR announcement            
AD Hay et al. ‘Effect of Oral Prednisolone on Symptom Duration and Severity in Non-asthmatic Adults With Acute Lower Respiratory Tract Infection’. JAMA. 2017;318(8):721-730.  

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