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Expert Video - What are the side effects of inhaled steroids used for asthma?

In this video, Dr Sanjay Sethi and Dr Heather Lehman explain that the inhaled corticosteroids used to treat asthma are considered safe, but as with any medication, there are possible side effects. The experts also explain the difference between taking steroids in pill versus inhaler format. Inhaled steroids have few side effects, especially at lower doses. A few people may get thrush or hoarseness, which can be relieved by rinsing or gargling after taking the inhaler medication. Always talk to your doctor about any possible side effects to look out for and how to deal with them.

Expert Video - What are the treatment options for asthma?

In this video, experts in asthma discuss the two categories of asthma medication: quick-relief rescue medications and long-term controller medications. For rescue medications, they explain how short-acting bronchodilators (also called short-acting beta agonists) work within minutes to relax the airway muscles and relieve symptoms during an asthma attack. They also describe the main types of controller medications: long-acting bronchodilators (also called long-acting beta agonists) that prevent symptoms, and inhaled corticosteroids that treat underlying inflammation. The experts emphasize that controller medications should generally be taken daily to keep asthma under control and make it less likely to have an asthma attack. Each person's asthma is different, and the medication that your doctor prescribes will depend on many factors. Talk to your doctor to find out what is best for you.

Expert Video - What are the side effects of bronchodilator medications used for asthma?

In this video, asthma experts explain that the bronchodilators used to treat asthma today are considered safe, but like all medications there are some possible side effects. The side effects are uncommon when taken as prescribed, and include: trembling, increased heart rate or palpitations, and trouble sleeping. Children may be more active or agitated. As with any medication, you should never take more than you need. Always talk to your doctor about any possible side effects to look out for and how to deal with them.

Expert Video - What is an asthma action plan?

In this video, Dr Sanjay Sethi and Dr Heather Lehman explain what an asthma action plan is. An asthma action plan is a written plan that outlines how to manage your asthma on a daily basis and what to do when your asthma is at various levels of control - green zone, yellow zone, and red zone. An asthma action plan should include: instructions on how to monitor your asthma and recognize if it’s worsening; a list of your asthma triggers and how to avoid them; instructions for your medications and when to adjust dosing based on your symptoms; and how to deal with an asthma attack or emergency.