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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Types of "maintenance" or "controller" medication

I know this is something that is confusing to a lot of people, because there are so many different kinds of "maintenance" or "controller" medications. And this photo doesn't list all of the options (the Advair diskus shown in purple also comes in a inhaler version for example) and there are other medications that are used.

Just remember that controller or maintenance medication is something that you need to take every day, whether you feel like you need it or not. You can't feel inflammation (or swelling) in your lungs, but it can be there. So follow the doctor's orders and take it every day.
Some people just need maintenance medication in the fall and winter, some people need it year-round. So, ask your doctor what's right for you.

Here's a link to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology that lists inhaled corticosteroids. They have a list on their website with the generic name, photo, brand name, use, usual dosage and tips for each medication.

It helps to see what's out there, some times your doctor might want to try different medications to see what is best for you. Son #2 has been on 4 or 5 different medications, we finally found one that works.

Since each person with asthma is different, what works for one person may not work for another. I am fine on the Advair diskus, but Son #2 needs the Advair inhaler. There's a lot of experimenting to get the medications right. Just remember to follow your doctor's instructions.


  1. What is the most effective asthma medication that has no side effect and cost effective?
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  2. That's a loaded question and one that is best answered by an asthma and allergy specialist. Each person with asthma is different and needs a different medication.