Asthma Capsule medicineswork fast to control asthma symptoms. Youtake them when you are coughing, wheezing, having trouble breathing, or havingan asthma attack. They are also called rescue drugs.
These medicines arecalled "bronchodilators" because they open (dilate) and help relaxthe muscles of your airways (bronchi).
You and your doctorcan make a plan for the quick-relief drugs that work for you. This plan willinclude when you should take them and how much you should take.
Plan ahead. Make sureyou do not run out. Take enough with you when you travel.
Short-actingbeta-agonists are the most common quick-relief drugs for treating asthma attacks.
They can be used justbefore exercising to help prevent asthma symptoms caused by exercise. They workby relaxing the muscles of your airways, and this lets you breathe betterduring an attack.
Tell your doctor ifyou are using quick-relief medicines twice a week or more to control yourasthma symptoms. Your asthma may not be under control, and your doctor may needto change your dose of daily control drugs.
Some quick-reliefasthma medicines include:
Quick-relief asthmamedicines may cause these side effects:
Your doctor mightprescribe oral steroids when you have an asthma attack that is not going away.These are medicines that you take by mouth as pills, capsules, or liquids.
Oral steroids are not quick-reliefmedicines but are often given for 7 to 14 days when your symptoms flare-up.
Oral steroids include:
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