Combination inhalers to treat asthma
Are you concerned that you may be on more asthma medication than you need? Check with your healthcare provider. As asthma symptoms come under control, your doctor may recommend “stepping down” from a combination-ingredient inhaler to a single-ingredient inhaler like QVAR®, an ICS (inhaled corticosteroid).
Combination inhalers contain two drugs:
- An ICS (inhaled corticosteroid)
- A LABA (long-acting beta agonist)
The FDA recommends that combination inhalers (containing ICS and LABA) should only be prescribed, if necessary, for1:
- Patients whose asthma is not adequately controlled on a daily asthma control medication, such as an ICS
- Patients whose disease severity clearly warrants combination therapy
Step-down asthma therapy
If you're on combination therapy, once it feels like you've achieved and maintained asthma control, your doctor may recommend “step-down therapy” to a single-medicine ICS, like QVAR®, if it is possible to do so while still maintaining asthma control.1
Your doctor may ask you to:
- Assess symptoms at regular intervals
- Begin step-down therapy (i.e., discontinue your combination therapy), if possible without loss of asthma control
- Continue treatment with a daily asthma control medication, such as an ICS (inhaled corticosteroid)
Get answers to frequently asked questions.