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.
Like it or not, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has made it official that seven classic asthma and COPD medicines will be phased out by December 2013. Yet there remain many medicinal options to help you maintain good control of your asthma, or maybe obtain even better control. According to this press release from the…