How do inhaled corticosteroids for asthma work?
Inhaled corticosteroids reduce inflammation and mucus in the airways that carry air to the lungs. This makes it easier for you to breathe.
What are some examples of inhaled corticosteroids for asthma?
Here are some examples of inhaled corticosteroids. For each item in the list, the generic name is first, followed by any brand names.
- beclomethasone (QVAR)
- budesonide (Pulmicort)
- fluticasone (Flovent)
- mometasone (Asmanex Twisthaler)
This is not a complete list of these medicines.
Why are inhaled corticosteroids for asthma used?
Inhaled corticosteroids are used to help:
- You breathe better.
- Prevent and improve your asthma symptoms.
- Reduce asthma attacks.
These medicines are commonly used to treat asthma. They work well and are considered very safe. They are the preferred medicines for controlling asthma over the long term. There are also other types of controller medicines.