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What are quick-relief asthma medications?

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Quick-relief asthma medications provide fast relief of asthma attack symptoms like cough, chest tightness, and wheezing. They include:

  • Short-acting beta-agonists (bronchodilators)
  • Anticholinergics. These are bronchodilators that can be paired with, or used instead of, short-acting beta-agonists.
  • Systemic corticosteroids are anti-inflammatory drugs that get symptoms under control.

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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