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What are rescue inhalers (short-acting bronchodilators) for asthma?

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These medicines work quickly and are usually the first ones your doctor will give you to use for an asthma attack. Everyone who has asthma should have a short-acting bronchodilator.

They're often called rescue inhalers because they come in a small inhaler that you carry with you and puff when you have symptoms. The effects last 4-6 hours.

They work by opening up, or dilating, the airways in your lungs. Rescue medications include albuterol (Proair, Proventil, Ventolin), levalbuterol (Xopenex), and pirbuterol (Maxair).

SOURCES:

CDC: "Asthma."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Asthma Facts and Figures."

Jill Poole, MD, University of Nebraska Medical Center.

American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology: "Asthma Treatment and Management," "Leukotriene Modifiers."

Dermatology Online Journal : “Omalizumab: A recombinant humanized monoclonal IgE-blocking antibody.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on January 29, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: "Asthma."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Asthma Facts and Figures."

Jill Poole, MD, University of Nebraska Medical Center.

American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology: "Asthma Treatment and Management," "Leukotriene Modifiers."

Dermatology Online Journal : “Omalizumab: A recombinant humanized monoclonal IgE-blocking antibody.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on January 29, 2019

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