Description and Brand Names

Drug information provided by: Micromedex

US Brand Name

  1. Aerobid
  2. Aerobid-M
  3. Alvesco
  4. Arnuity Ellipta
  5. Asmanex HFA
  6. Asmanex Twist
  7. Azmacort
  8. Beclovent
  9. Flovent
  10. Pulmicort Turbuhaler
  11. Qvar
  12. Flovent Diskus
  13. Flovent HFA

Canadian Brand Name

  1. Pulmicort
  2. Asmanex Twisthaler
  3. Azmax Twisthaler
  4. Becloforte
  5. Flovent Nebules
  6. Pulmicort Nebuamp


Inhalation corticosteroids are cortisone-like medicines. They are used to help prevent the symptoms of asthma. When used regularly every day, inhalation corticosteroids decrease the number and severity of asthma attacks. However, they will not relieve an asthma attack that has already started.

Inhaled corticosteroids work by preventing certain cells in the lungs and breathing passages from releasing substances that cause asthma symptoms.

This medicine may be used with other asthma medicines, such as bronchodilators (medicines that open up narrowed breathing passages) or other corticosteroids taken by mouth.

Inhalation corticosteroids are available only with your doctor's prescription.

Once a medicine has been approved for marketing for a certain use, experience may show that it is also useful for other medical problems. Although this use is not included in product labeling, some of the inhaled corticosteroids are used in certain patients with the following medical condition:

  • Croup in children (budesonide)

This product is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Aerosol Liquid
  • Aerosol Powder
  • Capsule
  • Spray
  • Suspension
  • Powder
  • Solution
  • Disk