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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.