Combination Medications: Long-Term Control Medications
A combination treatment for some lung diseases like asthma combines an inhaled steroid with a long-acting beta agonist. The inhaled steroid prevents and reduces swelling inside the airways. The long acting beta-agonist opens the airways in the lungs by relaxing smooth muscle around the airways. In studies, a combination medicine like this reduced asthma symptoms and improved lung function. It is a convenient way to take these two medicines, which are both helpful in controlling, moderate to severe persistent asthma.
Common combination asthma medications include:
- Advair® (combination of fluticasome and salmeterol)
- Dulera® (combination of mometasone and formoterol)
- Symbicort® (combination of budesonide and formoterol)
- Prevents inflammation and reduces swelling inside the airways
- Opens the airways in the lung by relaxing smooth muscle around the airways
- Available as an MDI and dry powder inhaler
- Usually prescribed to take 2 times every day
- Talk with your doctor about side effects.
This information has been approved by Ronina Covar, MD and Ann Mullen, RN, MSN, CNS, AE-C (December, 2012).