Asthma maintenance medication is used to treat the underlying cause of asthma - inflammation in the airways and lungs. Long-term bronchodilators and anti-inflammatory drugs are taken on a regular basis to prevent asthma attacks and control chronic symptoms. These include inhaled corticosteroids, long-acting beta2 agonists, cromolyn, leukotriene-antagonists, theophylline and omalizumab.
Chances are if you have asthma you have some degree of chronic (it's always there) inflammation in your air passages. Studies have proven the best and safest way of treating this inflammation is daily use of inhaled corticosteroids. Inhaled corticosteroids are now a top line treatment for asthma proven to reduce…