Community Pediatric Asthma Service

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Reliever Medicine

Reliever medicines are short-acting medicine that temporarily relaxes the muscles around the airways and is used only 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 more than two times a week, 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. 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.

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

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