In clinical studies, people taking Azmacort had improvements in their asthma symptoms
, compared to those not taking it. In studies, people already taking oral steroids for asthma
were able to decrease their use of rescue inhalers for asthma attacks
It is important to keep in mind, however, that the medication does not cure the condition.
When and How to Take Azmacort
Some general considerations for when and how to take Azmacort include the following:
- Azmacort comes in a metered-dose inhaler (called an MDI).
- The medication is taken two to four times a day. It is used to prevent asthma attacks, not to treat them.
- You should "test spray" an Azmacort inhaler before you first use it, or if you have not used it for more than three days. To test spray the inhaler, shake the inhaler gently, then spray it into the air twice.
- The inhaler has a built-in "spacer." Because of the spacer, the inhaler releases a fine mist of medication, not a strong puff, like other inhalers.
- Be sure to shake the inhaler gently before each use.
- Wait at least one minute in between inhalations (if you take more than one inhalation at a time), making sure to shake the inhaler before each inhalation.
- Rinse your mouth (without swallowing) after each Azmacort dose in order to prevent thrush.
- It is important that you learn exactly how to use your Azmacort inhaler. It may be difficult at first and may require some practice.
- The spray should be inhaled into the lungs, not sprayed onto the back of the throat and swallowed. To accomplish this, you will need to breathe in while spraying the inhaler.
- Each inhaler contains 240 sprays. Try to keep track of approximately how many sprays you have used in order to know when to replace the inhaler. Do not place the inhaler in water to see if it is empty (although doing so was recommended in the past).
- For Azmacort to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. The medication will not work if you stop taking it.