The Various Forms of Asthma Medication
What is Asthma?
Asthma is a chronic and non-curable disease which affects the respiratory system in the human body, and which has certain triggers such as that of environmental triggers, which are able to heighten the ability for and trigger that of an asthma attack. Although asthma is a recurring disease with no form of curability at the present time, there are different forms of asthma medication that are prescribed to asthmatics, especially those with a particularly severe case, and an asthma medication is extremely helpful because it can help an asthmatic not only to keep their asthma under control but also to help them prevent the onset of attacks.
What are the Various Forms of Asthma Medication That are Available Today?
The most common type of asthma medication is that of an inhaler. There are two different basic types of inhalers: a metered-dose inhaler and a dry powder inhaler. The metered-dose inhalers work by using a chemical propellant to push out the medication from the inhaler, and this medication can either be released by squeezing the canister or by that of direct inhalation. With dry powder inhalers on the other hand, the medication is released by your inhaling more rapidly than you would with that of a metered-dose inhaler.
There are also several different forms of asthma medication that are released from inhalers, of which asthma medication is released will obviously depend on your own personal circumstances and the severity of your asthma. Some of the most common forms are: short-acting bronchodilators, which are medications such as albuterol, and pirbuterol, and which are used to provide immediate relief of asthma symptoms; and long-acting bronchodilators, which are used to relieve that of asthma symptoms for longer periods of time.
There are also three other incredibly common forms of medication, which are: corticosteroids, which are used long term in order to prevent asthma attacks, and which includes such medications as beclomethasone dipropionate, fluticasone, budesonide, and flunisolide; cormolyn or nedocromil, which are nonsteroidal medications which are typically used long term in order to prevent inflammation of the airways; and corticosteroid plus long-acting bronchodilator, which is a medication which combines that of a corticosteroid and a long-acting bronchodilator.
The only way you can be sure of which type of medication is best for your asthma is by consulting your physician. It will usually be a quite simple task for them to determine which type of medication is most proper for you, with the results depending primarily on how severe your asthma is on a regular basis.