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Can medications prevent exercise-induced asthma?

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You can use asthma inhalers or bronchodilators before you exercise to control and prevent exercise-induced asthma symptoms. Short-acting beta-2 agonists, such as albuterol, taken 10 minutes before exercise, can prevent the airways from contracting. Inhaled ipratropium, which helps the airways to relaxe, may also help when you take it before you exercise.

From: Exercise-Induced Asthma WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "Allergic Conditions: Exercise-Induced Asthma (EIA)." American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology. Exercise-Induced Brochoconstriction (EIB) American Lung Association: "Search LungUSA." Boehringer Ingelheim: "US FDA Expands Approval of Tiotropium Respimat® for Maintenance Treatment of Asthma in Children." FDA. Prescribing Information: Spiriva Respimat.



 

Reviewed by Louise Chang on April 14, 2018

SOURCES: American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "Allergic Conditions: Exercise-Induced Asthma (EIA)." American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology. Exercise-Induced Brochoconstriction (EIB) American Lung Association: "Search LungUSA." Boehringer Ingelheim: "US FDA Expands Approval of Tiotropium Respimat® for Maintenance Treatment of Asthma in Children." FDA. Prescribing Information: Spiriva Respimat.



 

Reviewed by Louise Chang on April 14, 2018

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