Which medications in the drug class Beta2-Agonist/Corticosteroid Combinations are used in the treatment of Asthma?

Updated: Nov 20, 2020
  • Author: Michael J Morris, MD, FACP, FCCP; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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Beta2-Agonist/Corticosteroid Combinations

These combinations may decrease asthma exacerbations when inhaled short-acting beta2 agonists and corticosteroids have failed.

Budesonide/formoterol (Symbicort)

Formoterol relieves bronchospasm by relaxing the smooth muscles of the bronchioles in conditions associated with asthma. Budesonide is an inhaled corticosteroid that alters the level of inflammation in airways by inhibiting multiple types of inflammatory cells and decreasing the production of cytokines and other mediators involved in the asthmatic response.

Mometasone and formoterol (Dulera)

Combination corticosteroid and long-acting selective beta-2 agonist (LABA) metered-dose inhaler. Mometasone elicits local anti-inflammatory effects to respiratory tract with minimal systemic absorption. Formoterol elicits bronchial smooth muscle relaxation. Indicated for prevention and maintenance of asthma symptoms in patients inadequately controlled with other asthma controller medications (eg, low- to medium-dose inhaled corticosteroids) or whose disease severity clearly warrants initiation of treatment with 2 maintenance therapies, including a LABA. Available in 3 strengths; each actuation delivers mometasone/formoterol 50 mcg/5 mcg, 100 mcg/5 mcg, or 200 mcg/5 mcg.

Salmeterol/fluticasone inhaled (Advair Diskus, Advair HFA, AirDuo RespiClick)

Fluticasone inhibits bronchoconstriction mechanisms, produces direct smooth muscle relaxation, and may decrease the number and activity of inflammatory cells, in turn decreasing airway hyperresponsiveness. It also has vasoconstrictive activity. Salmeterol relaxes the smooth muscles of the bronchioles in conditions associated with bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, or bronchiectasis, and can relieve bronchospasms. Its effects may also facilitate expectoration. Adverse effects are more likely to occur when the agent is administered at high or more frequent doses than recommended.

Vilanterol/fluticasone furoate inhaled (Breo Ellipta)

Indicated for once-daily treatment of asthma for adults not adequately controlled on a long-term asthma control medication (eg, inhaled corticosteroid), or whose disease severity clearly warrants initiation of treatment with both an inhaled corticosteroid and a long-acting beta agonist (LABA). Use prescribed strength (25 mcg/100 mcg or 25 mcg/200 mcg per actuation) once daily via oral inhalation. Fluticasone furoate is a corticosteroid with anti-inflammatory activity. Vilanterol is a long-acting beta agonist (LABA) that stimulates intracellular adenyl cyclase (catalyzes the conversion of ATP to cyclic AMP). Increased cyclic AMP levels cause relaxation of bronchial smooth muscle and inhibition of release of mediators of immediate hypersensitivity from cells, especially from mast cells.

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