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Steroid medicines to develop suicidal tendencies among asthmatics

A London-based British charity named Asthma UK finds out that asthmatic individuals who take oral steroids like Prednisone for their asthma develop serious suicidal tendencies/thoughts. Apart from this, these patients also experience,

  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Eye changes (e.g., cataracts or glaucoma)
  • Brittle bones
  • Cataracts
  • Mood or behavioral changes
  • A negative effect on growth or development (if prescribed to children)
  • Osteoporosis
  • High blood pressure
  • Increased appetite
  • Unintentional weight gain
  • Increased susceptibility to infection
  • Fluid retention
  • Upset stomach

For the longest time, Big Pharma has sold the lie that prescription drugs potentially cure various illnesses. However, tens of thousands of British people with asthma experience negative side effects, all because of the respective drugs that are supposed to ease their condition.

Around 200,000 people in the U.K. are diagnosed with severe asthma. Moreover, most of the asthmatic population opts for oral steroid tablets for the treatment.

For the study, the researchers surveyed about 1,200 patients, the majority of whom had asthma attacks and needed oral steroid treatment in the previous year. More than 56 percent of the subjects reportedly experienced weight gain while 55 percent faced difficulty in falling asleep.

What does Mel say?

Inews.co.uk published a story of a 24 years old girl named Mel. She was diagnosed with asthma at 15. Her practitioner prescribed steroid drugs for treatment. Mel grieved that her asthma makes her feel trapped in the body of an old woman. She feels 30 years old at the prime age of 24.

In addition, her long-term steroid treatment caused her to gain weight rapidly. She went from eight stones (112 pounds [lb]) to a whopping 16 stones (224 lb). Plus, she developed cataracts and osteoporosis, her spine crumbles and she cannot move around without crutches.

Mel opted for taking various painkillers, in order to cope with these weakening side effects. This continuous course of medication got her covered in bandages and dressings within six months. This was because her skin became very thin and a slight bump would cause scratches and tears in her skin.

Mel had to deal with different allergies all her life. She started having asthma attacks during her teenage. Initially, she believed it to be a side symptom of allergies and endured the attacks until she had so much trouble breathing. She then had to consult with her general practitioner (GP) who diagnosed her with asthma.

A preventer inhaler and a reliever inhaler were prescribed to her at first. The devices addressed her symptoms immediately. However, the condition worsened with time. Mel was rushed for surgery because her attacks went severe. Along with asthma, the doctors detected infection in her chest which triggered her asthma attacks.

Mel explained that 80 percent of the time, she has to get rushed to the hospital because her asthma is triggered by another chest infection. She had been taking steroid tablets for four years now. Reducing her dose, rushed her to the hospital once again.


The research and the quoted story conclude that steroid medicines have serious and debilitating side effects. The charity is now calling for extensive use of a new wave of effective drugs known as monoclonal antibodies. These drugs have shown to cut the likelihood of asthma attacks by 40 to 50 percent in suitable patients. Furthermore, NHS-National health service has already approved some of these drugs for use. However, their prescribed use is generally slow.

Areeba Hussain

Areeba is an independent medical and healthcare writer. For the last three years, she is writing for Tophealthjournal. Her prime areas of interest are diseases, medicine, treatments, and alternative therapies. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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