Allergy & Asthma Care Information - inhalers for asthma treatment

WHY USE INHALERS?

Inhalers are frequently used to treat asthma because they deliver medication directly to the airways. In this way small medication doses reach airways and lungs directly, and improve these with few or no side effects on the body. When medication is instead given by a pill or capsule, the medication is absorbed from the stomach and intestines into the blood stream and typically circulate throughout the body. It is during this circulation through the various parts of the body that side-effects can occur.

TYPES OF INHALERS

Just as tablets and capsules contain different medications, so do inhalers. There are five families of medications that are given by inhaler:

  • Cortisone-Like Medications
  • Adrenaline-Like Medications
  • Combination Inhalers
  • Cromolyn Type Inhalers
  • Anti-Cholinergic Medications

PROPER USE OF INHALERS

  1. Aerosol inhalers should be breathed in during a SLOW 5-second breath in with breath held after each puff is administered.
  2. POWDERS can clump so these inhalers are to be breathed in with a RAPID deep breath (one half second breath).

If you would like additional detailed information on inhalers for the treatment of asthma, contact us and make an appointment at our clinic.



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