Once adult asthma is diagnosed, you will often be given two main types of medication: controllers and relievers. Controllers are long-term medications. Inhaled steroids prevent asthma symptoms by decreasing inflammation. Long-acting beta agonists keep the airways open for about 12-hours at a time and should be prescribed in conjunction with inhaled steroids. Relievers, such as Albuterol (available in inhalers and liquid aerosol) give you rapid assistance in the middle of an attack.
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