There are two types of inhalers available to the 5.2 million individuals in the UK who suffer from asthma: "relievers" and "preventers." Blue relief inhalers, which Asda will offer, contain the chemical salbutamol and are used to treat wheezing or asthma attacks. The most common type of preventer drug is called an "inhalation corticosteroid." These work by reducing inflammation in your airways, preventing further damage being done to them. They can also help keep the symptoms of asthma under control even when you are not having an attack.
People with asthma can also use beta-adrenergic bronchodilators such as formoterol or salmeterol (both are taken by mouth) to open up their airways or ipratropium (Inhaled), which is given through a nebulizer. These drugs are usually reserved for more severe cases or when other treatments aren't working well enough.
It is important to note that all these medications can cause side effects including nausea, diarrhea, irritability, insomnia, and high blood pressure. If you do not want to be treated with any of these medications, then it might be best to avoid products containing epinephrine (such as adrenaline) because they have the same effect on people with asthma. This means that athletes who suffer from asthma should not take epinephrine before a competition to ensure that they can breathe easily during play.
Salbutamol is available as an inhaler (puffer). Salbutamol inhalers are often blue in color. Salbutamol is occasionally administered as pills, capsules, or syrup to patients who have difficulty using an inhaler. The pills may be yellow, white, or orange.
Patients should know the name of their medication and how to use it properly. If you don't know how to use your inhaler, call your doctor for help.
The inhaler should be used every day at the same time, even if you feel well without it. If you forget, don't use it later than its recommended time. Otherwise, you might end up with problems such as severe lung infections that can lead to death.
If you stop using your inhaler too soon, your lungs will still be protected by your body's natural defenses - but not fully prepared for battle against future attacks of asthma. So, continue using your inhaler even if you feel fine without it for several weeks after stopping it habitually.
Some people think that if they use too much salbutamol, it will kill them. This is not true. However, over-using salbutamol can cause problems with your lungs. Always follow the instructions on your prescription label. Do not use more than prescribed or overdose may occur.
Inhalers for Asthma Rescue Albuterol (a.k.a. salbutamol), a short-acting beta-agonist that relaxes the airways so they may open more readily, is the most commonly recommended rescue drug for children (and adults). Inhalers are easy to use and can be administered multiple times per day if necessary. They work by delivering very small doses of the medication directly into the lungs.
Children's inhalers usually come in two forms: single-dose or multi-dose. Single-dose inhalers require the patient to read the label carefully and take the correct amount of medicine at the right time each day to get the maximum benefit from the treatment. Multi-dose inhalers are pre-loaded with a specified amount of medicine that does not need to be readjusted during the course of treatment. These are useful if your child is having difficulty managing their asthma or if you want to give them a fixed dose throughout the day.
The choice of inhaler for children will depend on factors such as age, weight, condition of the disease, etc. But generally speaking, children under 18 years old should use multi-dose inhalers and those over 18 years old should use single-dose ones.
For example, the Diskus inhaler is designed for use by patients 12 years of age and older and is available in 10- and 20-mcg doses.