Asthma Treatment Recommendations

Asthma treatment guidelines prefer inhaled corticosteroids, or ICS, such as Aerospan, for long-term control and maintenance of persistent asthma

Know your zone

Check out this National Institutes of Health (NIH) Asthma Action Plan to find out what asthma zone you're in—so you can get the help you need.

When to take an ICS, such as Aerospan

Aerospan is used for the long-term treatment of asthma, rather than for quick relief during an acute episode.2

Taking control of asthma: The options

There are various treatments for asthma, which can be for quick relief (rescue) or long-term control (maintenance).3

Rescue and maintenance medications: The difference

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Rescue

Taken as needed for fast, short-term relief of symptoms; these include wheezing, coughing, and tightness of the chest that occur during asthma attacks.3-5

One rescue medication you may know is albuterol.

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Maintenance

Taken regularly to prevent asthma attacks and provide long-term relief. These medicines such as ICSs and antileukotrienes, make airways less sensitive and may prevent them from reacting as easily to triggers. They also help reduce coughing, wheezing, and the struggle you may have when breathing.3,4

Keep in Mind: Leaving asthma untreated can lead to repeated attacks and inflammation, causing further damage to the lungs.6-8

Prevention may be the best medicine

Because asthma is a chronic condition, it's always there even if symptoms are not present.3 That's why use of maintenance medication—such as Aerospan—is recommended, even if no symptoms are occurring at the time. For most people with asthma, maintenance medications are the most important type of treatment.4

References: 1. National Asthma Education and Prevention Program. Expert Panel Report 3: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma—Summary Report 2007. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institute of Health. http://www.nilbi.nih.gov/files/docs/guidelines/asthsumm.pdf. Published October 2009. Accessed April 27, 2016. NIH publication 08-5846. 2. Aerospan [package insert]. Somerset, NJ: Meda Pharmaceuticals Inc.; 2015. 3. Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Asthma treatment. http://www.aafa.org/page/asthma-treatment.aspx. Medical review September 2015. Accessed April 27, 2016. 4. Mayo Clinic. Asthma medications: know your options. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/asthma/in-depth/asthma-medications/ART-20045557. Updated September 18, 2015. Accessed April 27, 2016. 5. Asthma control testTM. http://www.asthma.com/additional-resources/asthma-control-test.html. Accessed April 27, 2016. 6. Miles MC, Peters SP. Asthma. Merk Manuals. http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/pulmonary-disorders/asthma-and-related-disorders/asthma. Updated July 2014. Accessed June 6, 2016. 7. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institute of health. What is asthma? http://www.nilbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/asthma/. Updated August 4, 2014. Accessed April 27, 2016. 8. US National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health. MedlinePlus®. Asthma - children. http://www.nilbi.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000990.htm. Updated April 5, 2016. Accessed April 27, 2016. 9. Medscape. Inhaled corticosteroids: is there an ideal therapy? http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/467714. Accessed April 27, 2016.

More Important Safety Information

  • Do not use AEROSPAN:
    • to treat the symptoms of a sudden asthma attack or status asthmaticus.
    • if you are allergic to flunisolide or any of the ingredients in AEROSPAN.
  • Use AEROSPAN exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to use it. Do not take more of your medicine, or take it more often than your healthcare provider tells you.
  • You must use AEROSPAN regularly. Do not stop using AEROSPAN, and do not change the amount of AEROSPAN you take without talking to your doctor.
  • AEROSPAN may cause serious side effects, including:
    • fungal infections (thrush) in your mouth or throat. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any redness or white colored patches in your mouth or throat. Rinse your mouth with water after you use AEROSPAN.
    • immune system problems that may increase your risk of infections. You are more likely to get infections if you take medicines that may weaken your immune system. Avoid contact with people who have contagious diseases such as chicken pox or measles while you use AEROSPAN. Symptoms of an infection may include: fever, pain, aches, chills, feeling tired, nausea, and vomiting.
    • Tell your healthcare provider about any signs of infection while you are using AEROSPAN.
    • decreased adrenal function (adrenal insufficiency). Adrenal insufficiency is a condition in which the adrenal glands do not make enough steroid hormones. Symptoms of adrenal insufficiency include: tiredness, weakness, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting.
    • decreased bone mass (bone material density). People who use inhaled steroid medicines for a long time may have an increased risk of decreased bone mass which can affect bone strength. Talk to your healthcare provider about any concerns you may have about bone health.
    • slowed or delayed growth in children. A child's growth should be checked regularly while taking AEROSPAN.
    • eye problems such as glaucoma and cataracts. If you have a history of glaucoma or cataracts or have a family history of eye problems, you should have regular eye exams while you use AEROSPAN.
    • increased wheezing (bronchospasm) can happen right away after using AEROSPAN. Stop using AEROSPAN and use an inhaled fast-acting bronchodilator (rescue inhaler) right away.
  • Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
  • The most common side effects with AEROSPAN include: sore throat (pharyngitis), runny nose (rhinitis), headache, nausea, sinusitis, and increased cough.
  • Tell your healthcare provider about any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
  • These are not all of the possible side effects of AEROSPAN. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.

Approved Uses

Prescription AEROSPAN is used for the long-term (maintenance) treatment of asthma to control and prevent asthma symptoms in adults and children 6 years of age and older.

AEROSPAN is not a bronchodilator and does not treat sudden symptoms of an asthma attack, such as wheezing, cough, shortness of breath, and chest pain tightness. Always use a fast-acting bronchodilator medicine (rescue inhaler), such as albuterol, to treat symptoms.

Call your healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.FDA.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

For additional information, please see Full Prescribing Information for Aerospan.