Asthma - control drugsInhaled corticosteroids; Long-acting beta-agonists; Leukotriene modifiers; Cromolyn
Control drugs for asthma are drugs you take to control your asthma symptoms. You must take them every day for them to work. You and your doctor can make a plan for the drugs that work for you. This plan will include when you should take them. It will also include how much you should take.
You may need to take these drugs for at least a month before you start to feel better.
Take them even when you feel okay. Take enough with you when you travel. Plan ahead. Make sure you do not run out.
Most people with asthma use an inhaler to take their medicines.
What are the main types of inhalers?
Metered-dose inhaler (MDI)
MDI with a spacer
Dry powder inhaler
All of the above
Can children use inhalers?
Which of the following statements about spacers is NOT true?
They come in different shapes and sizes
Spacers help you breathe in your medicine slowly and more completely
You should always use a spacer with a dry powder inhaler
Inhaled steroids are usually the first choice for what type of asthma treatment?
Are inhaled steroids safe for children?
It's a good idea to do this after using your MDI.
Rinse your mouth
Take a nap
Get a new inhaler
Your MDI needs regular cleaning.
Is there a way to know when I'll need to refill my control medicine?
How should I store my MDI?
Keep it in a cold room
Keep it as warm as you can
At room temperature
Inhaled corticosteroids help keep your airways from swelling up. This helps keep your asthma symptoms away.
Inhaled steroids are used with a metered dose inhaler (MDI) and spacer.
You should use an inhaled steroid every day, even if you do not have symptoms.
After you use it, rinse your mouth with water, gargle, and spit out.
If your child cannot use an inhaler, your doctor will give you a drug to use with a nebulizer. This machine can turn liquid medicine into a spray. This lets your child breathe the medicine in.
Long-acting Beta-agonist Inhalers
These medicines can help keep your asthma symptoms away. They relax the muscles of your airways.
Normally, you use these medicines only when you are using an inhaled steroid drug and you still have symptoms. Do not take these long-acting medicines alone.
Use this medicine every day, even if you do not have symptoms.
Your doctor may ask you to take both a steroid drug and a long-acting beta-agonist drug.
It may be easier to use an inhaler that has both drugs in them.
These medicines are used to prevent asthma symptoms. They come in tablet or pill form.
Cromolyn is a medicine that may prevent asthma symptoms. It can be used in a nebulizer, so it may be easy for young children to take. It is also available as an aerosol.
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Lemanske RF Jr, Mauger DT, Sorkness CA, Jackson DJ, Boehmer SJ, Martinez FD, et al. Step-up therapy for children with uncontrolled asthma receiving inhaled corticosteroids. N Engl J Med. 2010 Mar 18;362(11):975-85.
Review Date: 5/16/2012
Reviewed By: Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.