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What are anti-inflammatory inhalers?

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Anti-inflammatory asthma inhalers prevent asthma attacks and ease swelling and mucus in your airways. They include:

  • Steroids (Aerospan, Alvesco, Asmanex, Flovent, Pulmicort, and Qvar)
  • Mast cell stabilizers (cromolyn sodium)

SOURCES:
National Jewish Medical and Research Center: "Inhaled Medication with a Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI)." 
Asthma Society of Canada: "How to Use Your Inhaler."
Science Daily: "New Asthma Inhaler Propellant Effective, But Costlier." 
American College of Chest Physicians: "Using Your MDI-Closed Mouth Technique, Patient Education Guide." 
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI): "Cumulative effects of formoterol administered by a dry powder inhaler;" "Inhalers;" and "Anti-inflammatory effects of inhaled steroids delivered by HFA-MDI vs delivery by dry powder inhaler."
News release, Merck.
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 11, 2019

SOURCES:
National Jewish Medical and Research Center: "Inhaled Medication with a Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI)." 
Asthma Society of Canada: "How to Use Your Inhaler."
Science Daily: "New Asthma Inhaler Propellant Effective, But Costlier." 
American College of Chest Physicians: "Using Your MDI-Closed Mouth Technique, Patient Education Guide." 
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI): "Cumulative effects of formoterol administered by a dry powder inhaler;" "Inhalers;" and "Anti-inflammatory effects of inhaled steroids delivered by HFA-MDI vs delivery by dry powder inhaler."
News release, Merck.
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 11, 2019

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