New asthma guidelines: steroids advised for most

Thousands more Australians will be prescribed inhaled corticosteroids for their asthma, under a substantial widening of the treatment recommendations.

The new Asthma Handbook, updated for the first time in eight years, will see regular steroid therapy recommended for “most” adults with asthma, according to Canberra GP Professor Amanda Barnard, who oversaw the guidelines revamp.

The drugs are now recommended for at least six weeks in any adult or adolescent who has had symptoms at least twice in the past month, woken