National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute recommends inhaled corticosteroids for the
long-term control of asthma in most people. Inhaled corticosteroids are safe for
long-term use. They are not the steroids that you hear about athletes abusing. The usual
prescribed doses of corticosteroids often don't cause side effects. That’s because they
are inhaled directly into the lungs, where they are needed. So they have little effect
on the rest of the body.
can also lower your chance of side effects even more by doing the following:
Ask your healthcare provider about using a spacer or holding chamber with your
inhaler. These devices help the medicine get to your lungs more easily.
Rinse out your mouth with water after using the inhaler. This simple step will
help prevent some side effects of the medicine.
Work with your healthcare provider to find the lowest dose that controls your