Some pharmaceutical manufacturers have combined two controller medications into one inhaler. These inhalers are referred to as “Combination Medications”.
Combination medications combine two medications — a corticosteroid plus a bronchodilator (usually a LABA) — in one inhaler. The bronchodilator opens your airways, making it easier for you to breathe. The inhaled corticosteroid reduces inflammation in your airways. Recent studies show that many people with asthma find that combination medications give them better control and are convenient to use.
Examples of combination medications are:
|Combination Medications||Corticosteroids||Long-Acting Bronchodilators|
|Symbicort®||Budesonide (Pumicort®)||Formoterol (Oxeze®)|
|Advair®||Fluticasone (Flovent®)||Salmeterol (Severent®)|
Possible side effects of combination medications include:
- Rapid heart beat
- Cough, throat irritation