Even when an asthma patient is symptom-free, it is still very important to take their medications. Taking inhaled corticosteroids work better than any other asthma medicine at controlling chronic inflammation in the airways of asthmatics.
Less is more when it comes to the maintenance of asthma with controller medications. Believe it or not, in the late 1980s, patients were instructed to take controller inhalers (for example Vanceril) four puffs three times daily. Many of them were also on Intal (Cromolyn) two puffs four times daily and theophylline tablets (now rarely prescribed)…