The PARTICS strategy
PARTICS (Patient-Activated Reliever-Triggered Inhaled Corticosteroid) group were asked to:
“take one puff of inhaled corticosteroid (ICS); for each puff of rescue inhaler” or “5 puffs of ICS (QVAR) after their nebulizer/machine treatment,” and to continue with their usual asthma medicines
Overall the PARTICS group noted better asthma control and less symptoms (wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, or pain) when using their QVAR with their rescue inhaler (like albuterol). QVAR is not a new medication, we used it in a new way.
To try the PARTICS strategy, you will need to ask your doctor to prescribe it. The PREPARE study used Beclomethasone 80mcg (QVAR) for the stand-alone inhaled-corticosteroid (ICS). We believe any moderate level ICS should work equally well.
Download a letter explaining PARTICS HERE or refer your provider to the Provider Resources Page