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Long term medications, typically taken daily, are one way to control and manage asthma symptoms.

 

There are a variety of long term medications one can take.

 

Inhaled corticosteroid most commonly prescribed long term asthma medication.  These have a relatively low risk of side effects and are generally safe for long-term use.

Leukotriene modifiers help prevent asthma symptoms for up to 24 hours. Have been linked to psychological reactions such as agitation, aggression, hallucinations, depression and suicidal thinking.

Long-acting beta agonists open the airways and reduce inflammation, but have been linked to severe asthma attacks.  Should be taken in combination with an inhaled corticosteroid.

Combination inhalers contain a long-acting beta agonist along with a corticosteroid.  Since it contains a long-acting beta agonist, these medications may increase your risk of having a severe asthma attack.