Personal Asthma Action Plan The ICS/Formoterol Reliever Therapy Regimen in Asthma: A Review.

01 Mar 2023



The Global Initiative for Asthma recommends that low-dose inhaled corticosteroid (ICS)/formoterol be preferred to short-acting beta-agonists as reliever therapy in adolescents and adults with asthma, across the range of asthma severity. This recommendation represents the most fundamental change in asthma management for many decades. In this commentary, we review the rationale for combination ICS/formoterol therapy, the evidence on which this recommendation has been made, the limitations in the evidence, the practical issues relevant to the implementation of ICS/formoterol reliever-based regimens in clinical practice, and the emerging evidence for the efficacy and safety of combination ICS/salbutamol reliever therapy regimens.

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Resource information

Respiratory conditions
  • Asthma
Respiratory topics
  • Action Plan
  • Disease management
Type of resource
Peer-reviewed article
  • Asthma Right Care
Beasley R, Bruce P, Houghton C, Hatter L
Right Care
  • Asthma
Strategic Objective
  • Management
  • Review
  • Risk Factors
  • Clinical Education
  • Research

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