Because only a small amount of the steroids that were taken by mouth or injected reached the lungs, the doses required were much higher (sometimes tenfold or more). The effects
on growth are not as worrisome as many people think. Breath of Fresh Air: Feature Articles Chapter 44: What are the side effects of the inhaled steroids if used for many years? Font Size, a A, a Steroids, what are Steroids? When steroid tablets are taken for many. Once again, however, I want to stress that these medications have helped so many people. Inhaled steroids seem to slow the growth of children very temporarily, rather than stunt it permanently. Rarely, taking corticosteroids and then stopping them or lowering the dosage can cause secondary adrenal gland suppression. There are two types of steroids present within the body. We measure the amounts of steroids inhaled in micrograms, which are units one thousand times smaller than the milligrams by which we measure prednisone or Medrol tablets. These hormones include aldosterone, which helps regulate sodium concentration in the body, and cortisol, which plays many roles in the body, including serving as part of the body's stress response system to decrease inflammation. Also, when given in very large doses (many puffs from a high-concentration steroid inhaler the amount of steroid medicine that spills over into the bloodstream can become significant. Corticosteroids are produced in the adrenal gland located above the kidney. On the other hand, only miniscule amounts of steroid medication enter the bloodstream after inhaling. Severe asthma attacks are usually treated with steroid tablets, which all agree have the worst side effects).