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Inhaled corticosteroids, or steroids for short, go directly into the lungs and help to decrease the inflammation of airways that makes asthma attacks more likely. Because steroids do not work quickly, they should not be used for treating an asthma attack. Rather, they are used on a daily basis to help prevent them. These medications for asthma can include:
- Beclomethasone (Qvar®)
- Budesonide (Pulmicort®)
- Ciclesonide inhaler (Alvesco®)
- Flunisolide (AeroBid®)
- Fluticasone (Flovent®)
- Mometasone (Asmanex®)
- Triamcinolone (Azmacort®).
Oral steroids, such as prednisone (Deltasone®) or methylprednisolone (Medrol®), are also used to treat asthma. These medications are best used in a short-term fashion to control severe asthma symptoms.
Combination Asthma Medications
A few medications combine a bronchodilator medication with an inhaled steroid. These medications for asthma include:
- Fluticasone and salmeterol (Advair®)
- Budesonide and formoterol (Symbicort®)
- Formoterol and mometasone (Dulera®).
A variety of miscellaneous medications are available for asthma treatment. These medications include:
- Leukotriene modifiers, such as: