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How are asthma medications taken?

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There are a few ways to take asthma medications. You inhale some, using a metered dose inhaler, dry powder inhaler, or a nebulizer (which changes medication from a liquid to a mist). You take others by mouth, either in pill or liquid form. You can also get them by injection.

You can take some asthma drugs together. Some inhalers mix two different medications to get the drugs to your airways quicker.

From: Asthma Medications WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "AAAAI Allergy & Asthma Medication Guide." 

American Academy of Family Physicians: Family Doctor: "Asthma: Learning to Control Your Symptoms." 

American Lung Association: "Asthma Medicines."

FDA News Release. “FDA approves Cinqair to treat severe asthma.”

Medline Plus: "Asthma." 

Boehringer Ingelheim: "US FDA Expands Approval of Tiotropium Respimat® for Maintenance Treatment of Asthma in Children."

FDA. Prescribing Information: Spiriva Respimat.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 6, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "AAAAI Allergy & Asthma Medication Guide." 

American Academy of Family Physicians: Family Doctor: "Asthma: Learning to Control Your Symptoms." 

American Lung Association: "Asthma Medicines."

FDA News Release. “FDA approves Cinqair to treat severe asthma.”

Medline Plus: "Asthma." 

Boehringer Ingelheim: "US FDA Expands Approval of Tiotropium Respimat® for Maintenance Treatment of Asthma in Children."

FDA. Prescribing Information: Spiriva Respimat.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 6, 2017

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