Not for acute symptomatic relief. Not to be initiated in unstable & acutely deteriorating asthma. Active or quiescent pulmonary TB, thyrotoxicosis, preexisting CV disease, patients predisposed to low serum K levels. Development of pneumonia in COPD patients. Cushing's syndrome, Cushingoid features, adrenal suppression, decreased bone mineral density, cataract & glaucoma. Monitor adrenocortical function regularly when transferring from oral steroid therapy. Avoid abrupt w/drawal &/or discontinuation. High doses & prolonged use. May affect ability to drive & use machines. Pregnancy & lactation. Childn <4 yr. Growth retardation in childn & adolescents.