What is the most effective corticosteroid regimen for treating COPD exacerbations?
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What is the most effective corticosteroid regimen for treating COPD exacerbations? Evidence-Based Answer: Three- to 7-day courses of systemic corticosteroids appear to be as effective as 10- to 15-day courses for the treatment of acute chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations, although optimum dosage and route are unclear (SOR B; meta-analysis of heterogeneous RCTs). Currently recommended doses include 30 to 40 mg orally a day with durations between 5 and 14 days (SOR C; expert opinions).
Evidence-based practice 19, no. 8 (2016): 12-13