Also called: Controller Medicines or Maintenance Medicines
Many people with asthma need to take long-term control medicine every day to control their asthma and prevent symptoms. Most of these work by easing inflammation of the airways; others work by relaxing the airways and making them wider.
Long-term control medicines are slow acting, which means they can take days or even weeks to begin working. They don't provide immediate relief of symptoms and shouldn't be used when treatment is needed quickly. This requires faster-acting medicines (known as quick-relief medicines) that can work right away.
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|American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology The ACAAI is an organization of allergists-immunologists and health professionals dedicated to quality patient care. Contact them at: American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology|
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|How Do Asthma Medicines Work? Two different types of medicines are used to treat asthma: quick-relief medicines and long-term control medicines. Read about how they work - and why people might need to take them.|
|How Do Asthma Medicines Work? Kids who have asthma need to take medicine. But what kind of medicine do they take and what does it do? Let's find out.|
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|What's the Difference Between Quick-Relief and Long-Term Control Medicines? Asthma medicine comes in two main types: quick-relief and long-term control medicines. Even if a child takes a long-term control medicine regularly, quick-relief medicine is still needed to handle flare-ups.|
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