What are adverse effects of pulse therapy for the treatment of status asthmaticus?

Updated: Jun 17, 2020
  • Author: Constantine K Saadeh, MD; Chief Editor: John J Oppenheimer, MD  more...
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Adverse effects of pulse therapy, in some authors' experience, are minimal and are comparable to those of the traditional doses of intravenous corticosteroids. The adverse effects may include hyperglycemia, which is usually reversible once steroid therapy is stopped, increased blood pressure, weight gain, increased striae formation, and hypokalemia. Long-term adverse effects depend on the duration of steroid therapy after the patient leaves the hospital.


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