Community Pediatric Asthma Service

Squeezed Airways

Reliever Medicine

Reliever medicines are short-acting medicines that temporarily relax the muscles around the airways and are used only as needed.

 

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


Reliever Medicine

When you have symptoms like cough, wheeze, trouble breathing, or chest tightness, this medicine brings relief in 5 to 10 minutes and lasts for about 4 hours.  If you or your child need a reliever medicine more than two times a week, it may indicate that there is uncontrolled swelling in the airways that must be treated with a controller medicine to get control of asthma. Reliever medicine does not treat the main problem of asthma which is swelling in the airways. Relievers can be compared to taking Tylenol for a fever; Tylenol only lowers the fever (treats the symptom),  but does not treat the underlying cause of the fever.

Devices

Device                                           Drug Name
Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI)         Ventolin, Salbutamol, Airomir
Turbuhaler                                     Bricanyl, Oxeze
Diskus                                            Ventolin 


Proper Device

Proper Device Technique

To make sure your asthma medicine reaches your lungs, it is important to use the proper technique. Each type of medicine device requires a different technique. Your doctor and your pharmacist should be able to demonstrate the proper device technique and teach you how to help your child take asthma medicine correctly.


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