Posted on Apr 19, 2022
Asthma is treated with different types of medicines. The medicines can be given in the form of inhalers, liquids, tablets or capsules. Medicines are prescribed on the basis of frequency (how often you have symptoms) and the severity of symptoms.
Long-Term Controller Medicines
One group of medicines is used for long-term control of asthma symptoms. People with frequent asthma symptoms take these 1 or 2 times each day.
This group of medicines stop symptoms quickly – in 5 to 15 minutes. Almost everyone with asthma has a quick-relief inhaler that they carry with them. People use these medicines whenever they have asthma symptoms. Most people need these medicines 1 or 2 times a week – or less often. But when asthma symptoms get worse, more doses might be needed. Some people can feel shaky after taking these medicines. A few people also need a machine called a “nebulizer” to breathe in their medicine.
It is very important to take all the medicines in exactly the same manner told by the doctor. Not taking medicines correctly can cause symptoms to get worse.