Prednisolone for sore throat?Created by:
Anyone has any views on General practitioners prescribing prednisolone for straight forward viral upper respiratory tract infections?
True enough, we all know that prednisolone is a wonder drug when it comes to anti-inflammatory function and when patients come to see a doctor for sore throat, it relieves the sore throat quite effectively. Some may argue that they give it to reduce the hypersensitive airway in asthmatic patients - which is the correct way of management, but what if it is for sore throat just to relieve the pain? That will be unethical as prednisolone can have multiple side effects - even though it is just a short course, immune system can be impaired and further worsen the viral infection.