Steroids can be stopped in COPD if blood eosinophil count is low

Patients with COPD who are not having frequent exacerbations can safely be taken off inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) as long as their blood eosinophil count is less than 300 μL−1, new guidance from the European Respiratory Society recommends. Those patients who are advised to stop ICS treatment should instead be treated with one or two long-acting ...

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