RAJESH SURESH DAKE Raigarh, India 210 Questions 106 Answers 0 Best Answers 32 Points View Profile 0 RAJESH SURESH DAKE Asked: February 28, 2020In: Doctor What is the effect of using an asthma preventer long-term? I heard that using it for years might cause bone shrinkage. Is it true? 0 What is the effect of using an asthma preventer long-term? I heard that using it for years might cause bone shrinkage. Is it true? Share Facebook 1 Answer Voted Oldest Recent RAJESH SURESH DAKE Raigarh, India 210 Questions 106 Answers 0 Best Answers 32 Points View Profile RAJESH SURESH DAKE Added an answer on February 28, 2020 at 5:29 am There is a lot of discussion by parents and physicians about the use of daily inhaled steroids (the “preventers” that you mentioned). When used at low dose, I feel there is robust data to support that they are very safe, even if used for years. There are good long-term studies that show there is not any significant effect on achieved height or growth velocity, and no effect on things that are associated with use of oral steroids, such as diabetes, hypertension, and immune suppression. At low dose, they won’t cause bone shrinkage. Most pediatric asthma specialists choose to decrease doses of any inhaled steroids used about every three to six months if they achieve good symptom control. Answered by John Carl, MD. Dr. Carl is a pediatric pulmonologist at Cleveland Clinic Children’s. He specializes in growth and development of the lung, airways, and respiratory function in children, and uses a variety of invasive and noninvasive diagnostic techniques on young patients. 0 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Leave an answerCancel replyYou must login or register to add a new answer.