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What are other names for this medication?

Some brand names for inhaled steroids are Vanceril, Beclovent, Azmacort, and Aerobid.

What does this drug do?

Inhaled steroids prevent acute asthma attacks by reducing the responsiveness of the airways to triggers.

Inhaled steroids are not bronchodilators and will not provide relief during an acute asthma episode.

How is it taken?

Inhaled steroids are taken with a metered-dose inhaler (MDI). To decrease side effects, a spacer or holding chamber is often used.

What side effects can this drug cause?

Thrush, a yeast infection of the mouth and throat, is the most common side effect. Sore throat and tongue, hoarse voice, and dry mouth have also been reported.

What special instructions should be followed?

Rinse the mouth after each treatment and use a spacer device to decrease the incidence of thrush. Inhaled steroids as well as steroids taken by mouth (pills or syrup) should not be stopped abruptly without your physician's approval.

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