Not for relief of acute asthma symptoms. Consider increasing corticosteroid therapy in sudden & progressive deterioration of asthma control. Avoid abrupt w/drawal. Possible development of pneumonia in patients w/ COPD. Active or quiescent pulmonary TB, thyrotoxicosis, preexisting CV disease. Patients predisposed to low serum K levels. Systemic effects (including Cushing's syndrome, Cushingoid features, adrenal suppression, growth retardation in childn & adolescents, decrease in bone mineral density, cataract, glaucoma & central serous chorioretinopathy) may occur at high doses for prolonged periods. Monitor height of childn receiving prolonged treatment. Possibility of impaired adrenal response in patients transferring from oral steroid therapy. History of DM. Concomitant use w/ ritonavir, ketoconazole & other strong CYP3A4 inhibitors. Discontinue use if paradoxical bronchospasm occurs. Pregnancy & lactation. Childn <4 yr.