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Patients whose asthma is not well controlled by inhaled corticosteroids may benefit from the addition of a long-acting beta 2 agonist. The effects of inhaling a corticosteroid and a long-acting beta 2 agonist can reduce symptoms, improve lung function and prevent exacerbations. Once the patient's asthma is controlled it may be appropriate for them to use one of the combination inhalers which contain both types of drug. These combination inhalers may not be more efficacious than inhaling thedoi:10.18773/austprescr.2005.019 fatcat:pqbx4ealdng23anofwszktmxqa