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What are the benefits of using inhaled steroids to treat asthma?

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The benefits of inhaled steroids for better asthma control far exceed their risks. They include:

  • Reduced frequency of asthma attacks
  • Decreased use of beta-agonist bronchodilators (quick relief or rescue inhalers)
  • Improved lung function
  • Reduced emergency room visits and hospitalizations for life-threatening asthma

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Asthma Medications."

American Lung Association: "Long-Term Control Medications."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Non-Allergic Asthma."

Boehringer Ingelheim: "US FDA Expands Approval of Tiotropium Respimat® for Maintenance Treatment of Asthma in Children."

FDA News Release. “FDA approves Cinqair to treat severe asthma.”

FDA. Prescribing Information: Spiriva Respimat.

News release, Merck.

News release, GlaxoSmithKline.

NIH, MedlinePlus: "Omalizumab Injection."

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 6, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Asthma Medications."

American Lung Association: "Long-Term Control Medications."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Non-Allergic Asthma."

Boehringer Ingelheim: "US FDA Expands Approval of Tiotropium Respimat® for Maintenance Treatment of Asthma in Children."

FDA News Release. “FDA approves Cinqair to treat severe asthma.”

FDA. Prescribing Information: Spiriva Respimat.

News release, Merck.

News release, GlaxoSmithKline.

NIH, MedlinePlus: "Omalizumab Injection."

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 6, 2017

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