Medicines and Devices

Asthma medications are generally considered to fall into two classes: bronchodilators, which halt asthma attacks once they’ve started and help prevent attacks, and anti-inflammatories, which control the airway inflammation and avert asthma attacks from starting.Though these medicines come in a number of brand names and many forms such as sprays, pills, powders, liquids and shots, your doctor will determine the one which is best for you.


Bronchodilators offer aid during an asthma attack. They lower air tubes muscles, forcing them to open up and letting you to breathe. Bronchodilators also may aidclear mucus from the lungs, letting it to move extraeasily and be more easily coughed out.

Certain examples of bronchodilators consist of short-acting beta-agonist (generally used to avoid exercise-induced asthma), anticholinergics (generally used in addition to or as a substitute to short-acting beta-agonist, and theophylline (a long-acting drug used to give hard-to-control or severe asthma).


Anti-inflammatoriesavert asthma attacks by keeping air tubes exposed all of the time. They are intended to lessen swelling in the air tubes and decline the amount of mucus. Cromolyn and Nedocromil are two examples of anti-inflammatory medicines.Corticosteroids are the bestprevailing class of anti-inflammatory and are the drug of choice for persistent asthma. Other anti-inflammatories include mast cell stabilizers.

Side Effects

There is always a threat of side effects linked with taking medicine. These may comprise sore throat, nervousness, vomiting, fast heartbeat, appetite loss, or staying awake. A doctor may need to alter your treatment plan if side effects become severe.


Hyposensitization therapy or allergy shots are required for Asthma sufferers with allergies. The shots may aidstop asthma attacks, but specialists do not approve about their utility.


Over-the-counter asthma drugs such as “Primatene Mist” and “Bronkaid” are broadlyaccessiblebronchodilators that offer short term relief. These medicines, yet, do not control enduring asthma and must not be used daily to relieve asthma symptoms. Check with a doctor before using over-the-counter medicines.

Metered-Dose Inhalers

The metered-dose inhaler is the most common device used to bring medicine to the lungs of asthmatics. It has two parts:

  1. Acanister involving of a propellant, the medicine, and stabilizers, and
  2. Anactuator or mouth piece involving of a discharge nozzle and a dust cap.

Inhalers are simply used by pressing down the top of the canister and inhaling the gas that is released. Generally the medicine administered by metered-dose inhalers is a bronchodilator, corticosteroid, or a mast cell stabilizer.

Dry Powder Inhalers

As an alternate to the aerosol-based metered-dose inhalers, dry powder inhalers deliver medicine from a capsule in powder form. These devices need the patient to inhale powerfully to pull the powder from the device into the lungs and can be more complex to use than metered-dose inhalers.


Medication may also be administered using a nebulizer, providing a larger, nonstop dose. Nebulizers vaporize a dose of medication in a saline solution into a steady stream of foggy vapor that is inhaled by the patient. More common in hospital settings Nebulizers are for patients who have strain using a metered-dose inhaler.

Asthma Spacer

Attachments that can be added to metered-dose inhalers, it goes amid the patient’s mouth and the inhaler mouthpiece, and it acts as a reservoir that briefly holds the medication. Spacers permit a patient to breathe in the medicine without having to coordinate the breathing and mechanical actions needed to use an inhaler. Spacers besidesaid patients bring the medication straight to the lungs, evading medicine on the side of the mouth and the condition known as “thrush”.

Asthma treatments

There are two main treatments for asthma:

  1. Relievers - Salbutamol and terbutaline
  2. Preventers - beclomethasone, budesonide, fluticasone, mometasone and ciclesonide

These come in a range of delivery devices, such as aerosol or powder inhalers and nebulizers. You breathe the medicine through your mouth, straight into your lungs.

Relievers are drugs called bronchodilators (based on adrenaline) that relax the muscles which surround the airways, making it easier to breathe. You should take these as directed by your doctor the instant symptoms appear.

Taking a reliever inhaler dose in advanceto exercise will raise your stamina and stop breathing trouble.

Preventers are drugs (usually low-dose steroids) that cut airways inflammation and make them less sensitive. This means you’re not as much possible to respond when open to a trigger.