Community Pediatric Asthma Service

Asthma Medicine

Asthma Medicines

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.

Why should I give my child asthma medicine?


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.

A reminder to...


check with your local pharmacy on how to dispose of unwanted/expired medication, including asthma devices.


Controller/Preventer

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.

reliever

Reliever

Reliever medicine temporarily relaxes the muscles around your airways to reduce symptoms like cough, wheeze, shortness of breath, or tightness in your chest. Reliever medicine should only be used when needed.

Oral Meds

Oral Steroids

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



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