Inhaled Steroids Advantageous over Cromolyn for Asthma TreatmentAs per a recent study conducted by James Guevara, M.D., of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and colleagues, adults and children with asthma can have better control over asthma with inhaled corticosteroids than with cromolyn.

In this study, comparisons were made between the two treatments (inhaled corticosteroids and cromolyn) to find the better of the two.

It was found that adult asthma patients had three fewer severe asthma flare-ups each year on an average with inhaled steroids (such as the brand names Pulmicort, Flovent, and Beclovent) as against inhaled cromolyn, sold under the brand name Intal. These findings yielded the same results for children.

The study also found that asthma patients (adults and young children) taking steroids scored considerably higher on the tests of lung function besides making less use of asthma inhalers than those taking cromolyn.