Definition: Long-Term Control Medicines

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Long-Term Control Medicines

(Medicamentos de control)

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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OrganizationAmerican Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology offers up-to-date information and a find-an-allergist search tool.
OrganizationAmerican 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
85 W. Algonquin Road
Suite 550 Arlington Heights, IL 60005
(800) 842-7777
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