Community Pediatric Asthma Service

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Asthma Medicine

The way we use medicines and devices in Canada may differ from other countries. Asthma medicine advice, movies and illustrations found on this website are consistent with the latest Canadian Asthma Consensus Guidelines, based on the highest levels of scientific evidence.

In order to create practical tools for families that increase their likelihood of success with ALL their asthma devices, we make minor deviations in our device technique instructions from the instructions in individual product monographs. These modifications have been widely discussed with Certified Respiratory Educators in the Calgary area and provincial representatives on the Alberta Health Services provincial pediatric asthma pathway committees.

There are two basic types of medicines, "controllers/preventers" and "relievers".


Airways Swollen

Controller/Preventer

Inhaled corticosteroids are generally used daily to help heal and prevent swelling in your airways and to reduce the mucus made by the bronchial tubes. Inhaled corticosteroids are often taken even when you have no symptoms to help keep your asthma under control .

Squeezed airways

Reliever

Reliever medicine temporarily relax the muscles around your airways to reduce symptoms like cough, wheeze, shortness of breath or tightness in your chest. Should be used as needed.

Oral Meds

Oral Steroids

Sometimes asthma flare-ups cannot be controlled with your inhaled corticosteroid medicine. During these times, you may be prescribed an add-on corticosteroid.



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