Community Pediatric Asthma Service

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Reliever Medicine

Reliever medicines are short-acting medicine that temporarily relax the muscles around the airways and are used as needed. They bring relief in 5 to 10 minutes that lasts for about 4 hours when you have symptoms like cough, wheeze, trouble breathing or chest tightness. If you or your child need a reliever medicine, it may indicate that there is uncontrolled swelling in the airways that must be treated with a preventer/ controller medicine to get control of asthma. A reliever medicine does not treat the swelling in the airways,  the main problem in asthma. 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.

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


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 can demonstrate the proper device technique and teach you how to help your child take asthma medicine correctly.


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