Asthma Management Handbook

Guide to preventer medicines


Preventers are used in maintenance treatment to reduce airway inflammation. They include:

  • inhaled corticosteroids (beclometasone, budesonide, ciclesonide, fluticasone propionate)
  • combination inhaled corticosteroid/long-acting beta2 agonist medicines (budesonide/formoterol, fluticasone furoate/vilanterol, fluticasone propionate/formoterol, fluticasone propionate/salmeterol)
  • leukotriene receptor antagonists (montelukast)
  • cromones (cromoglycate and nedocromil sodium).

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