Steroids as COPD MedicationsSometimes, oral or IV steroids (such as prednisone) are necessary to help control a temporary worsening of COPD symptoms. Steroids work by decreasing inflammation of the airways, which helps improve breathing. Some people also benefit from using an inhaled steroid on a daily basis. Inhaled steroids for treating COPD include:
- Beclomethasone (Qvar®)
- Budesonide (Pulmicort®)
- Ciclesonide inhaler (Alvesco®)
- Flunisolide (Aerobid®, Aerospan®)
- Fluticasone (Flovent®)
- Mometasone (Asmanex®)
- Triamcinolone (Azmacort®).
Inhaled steroids are not fast-acting medicines, so you must take them on a daily basis in order to obtain the full benefit. A few COPD medications combine a bronchodilator medication with an inhaled steroid. These medications include:
- Fluticasone and salmeterol (Advair)
- Budesonide and formoterol (Symbicort)
- Mometasone and formoterol (Dulera)
- Fluticasone and vilanterol (Breo Ellipta).