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Asthma

Medications Used To Treat Asthma

Last modified: 
16/03/2012 - 17:12

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

There are two completely different types of asthma medications, and they are used for completely different purposes:

  • Medications to prevent asthma symptoms from developing
  • Medications to relieve asthma symptoms once they've started

Need To Know

Medication to prevent asthma attacks will not relieve an asthma attack. They are intended to prevent attacks, not treat it. They do not provide immediate relief of symptoms.

Asthma medications come in many forms - liquids, tablets, injections, powders, and vapors - so that it can always be taken in the most appropriate way.

Asthma medicines are tailored to a persons individual needs. Some adults with asthma only need an occasional dose of medication, while others need asthma medication on a regular basis.

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From Andrew Maynard - Chair of the University of Michigan Department of Environmental Health Sciences, with help from David Faulkner - 2013 Master of Public Health graduate.