Preventative Lung Spray
Corticosteroids are anti-inflammatory medications that prevent and reduce swelling inside the airways and decrease the amount of mucous in the lungs. Commonly prescribed corticosteroid inhalers include: Advair, Asmanex, Flovent, Pulmicort, Symbicort, Dulera, and Qvar.
When taken at the proper doses, they are considered safe medications that work well for patients with persistent asthma. Although no medicine is without the chance of side effects, when used as prescribed under the guidance of a trained physician or provider, these products often give asthma patients dramatic benefits which outweigh potential side effects. They can reduce the sensitivity of the airways to asthma triggers, and help to prevent swelling and inflammation in the airways.
Corticosteroid inhalers are NOT the same as the steroids used by some athletes. Inhaled corticosteroids can be used in children as young as 3 years of age when used with a spacing chamber.
Corticosteroids DO NOT stop an acute asthma attack. Rather they usually take several weeks to reach maximum effectiveness to help prevent acute attacks or diminish the severity of attacks.