Inhaled steroid treatment better than cromolyn for asthma managementDuring a study in which comparisons were made between cromolyn and inhaled steroid treatment in context to treating asthma, it was found that inhaled steroids are better than cromolyn.

This study was conducted by James Guevara, M.D., of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and colleagues and suggested that adults and children with asthma can exercise better control over asthma with inhaled corticosteroids than cromolyn.

The study pointed out that asthmatic patients on inhaled steroids (such as the brand names Pulmicort, Flovent, and Beclovent) had fewer severe asthma flare-ups on a yearly average basis when compared to patients on cromolyn (sold under the brand name Intal).

It was also suggested that patients on steroids scored considerably better on tests of lung function and made less use of asthma inhalers.