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  • Prevent asthma symptoms from occurring
  • Can reduce and/or prevent:
    • Inflammation and scarring in the airways
    • Tightening of the muscle bands around the airways (bronchospasm)
  • Do not show immediate results, but work slowly over time
  • Should be taken daily, even when you are not having symptoms
  • Should NOT be used to relieve immediate asthma symptoms.

Back to top A Note about Long-Term Controller Medicines in Children According to the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program at the National Institutes of Health, long-term controller medicines should be considered when infants or young children have had three or more episodes of wheezing in the previous 12 months and who are at an increased risk of developing asthma because of their own or their parents' history of allergic diseases.

They also recommend long-term controller medicines for children who need short-acting bronchodilators (rescue medicines) more than twice a week or have had severe asthma symptoms less than six weeks apart. Without a controller medicine, the underlying inflammation will continue to cause more asthma symptoms.

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Although the safety of inhaled corticosteroid therapy has been established, physicians should prescribe the lowest dosage possible. In addition, there may be a need to increase the corticosteroid dosage and add a long-acting beta 2 agonist in patients at high risk for exacerbations, such as those with a history of hospitalizations or emergency department visits because of asthma. 27 , 28 Combination therapy with an inhaled corticosteroid and a long-acting beta 2 agonist is more cost effective than treatment with an inhaled corticosteroid plus a leukotriene modifier. 29

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