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Is This Dosage Rather High for My Son's Asthma?

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When the doctor told me that my son had asthma, he said it was a viral induced asthma. He prescribed 40 mg of prednisone daily to be used in conjunction with an inhaler for a period of five days. Do you think that this dose is rather high? Moreover, it stops suddenly after five days. I thought this was a medication that you have to taper off till you can stop it fully. Could someone fill me in on this?

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