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What are bronchodilator asthma inhalers?

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Bronchodilator asthma inhalers are either short or long-acting. They widen your airways to ease symptoms like wheezing, shortness of breath, and coughing. They include:

For in-depth information, see WebMD's article on Bronchodilators: Relieving Asthma Symptoms.

  • Short-acting beta-agonists (ProAir HFA, Proventil HFA, Ventolin HFA, and Xoponex)
  • Long-acting beta-agonists (Foradil and Serevent). The combination inhalers containing both a long-acting beta-agonist and a steroid include Advair, Dulera, and Symbicort.
  • Long-acting anticholinergics such as tiotropium bromide (Spiriva Respimat), available for anyone ages 6 and older. This medicine can be used in addition to your regular maintenance medication.
  • Combivent and DuoNeb inhalers contain both albuterol and ipratropium (a bronchodilator); albuterol and ipratropium may also be given using a nebulizer.

From: Asthma Inhalers WebMD Medical Reference

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 6, 2017

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 6, 2017

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