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Asthma and Cataracts.

Some people with asthma use bronchiodilators; others use respiratory inhalers that contain corticosteroids. Unfortunately, if you use a steroid inhaler frequently you may be increasing your risk for developing cataracts. A Canadian study of 3,500 older people published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (1998) concluded that high doses of inhaled steroids increased their need for cataract surgery. Will low or medium doses contribute to cataracts? We don't know. If you have questions about your use of inhalers, ask your doctor to take a look at this study and evaluate your medications.

Garbe, E., et al. "Association of inhaled corticosteroid use with cataract extraction in elderly patients," JAMA, vol. 280, no. 6, 1998.
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Title Annotation:steroid inhaler usage may increase cataract risk
Author:Fuchs, Nan Kathryn
Publication:Women's Health Letter
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 1, 2001
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