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Cushing's syndrome from an inhaled glucocorticoid

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To report a case of significant systemic side effects from an inhaled glucocorticoid at a reported dose in the upper recommended therapeutic range. CLINICAL FEATURES: A 25-year-old white man with asthma treated with inhaled glucocorticoid (beclomethasone 1500 micrograms daily), and primary testicular failure with inadequate androgen replacement, was referred with back pain. He was found to have osteoporosis, clinical features of Cushing's syndrome and complete suppression of endogenous adrenocorticotrophic hormone adrenal function. INTERVENTION AND OUTCOME: He was recommended to receive adequate androgen replacement and to use a spacer device with the inhaled beclomethasone, or to change to budesonide via a Turbuhaler (AB Astra, Sweden). CONCLUSIONS: Inhaled glucocorticoids should not be regarded as entirely safe, as serious systemic side effects may occur at doses at the upper level of the recommended therapeutic range.

Type Journal
ISBN 0025-729X (Print)
Authors Chalkley, S. M.;Chisholm, D. J. :
Publisher Name MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA
Published Date 1994-01-01 00:00:00
Published Volume 160
Published Issue 10
Published Pages 611, 614-5
URL http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&dopt=Citation&list_uids=8177105
Status Published In-print