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.
Asthma treatment is all about control. Control is the main goal of asthma treatment, as outlined in both the U.S. asthma management guidelines as well as the GINA World Asthma guidelines. Most people are able to achieve asthma control by taking 1 or 2 puffs of a controller medicine containing an inhaled steroid (such as Flovent and…