Quickrelief medications

1. Short-acting beta2 agonists are rescue medications which should only be used as monotherapy in patients with mild and intermittent asthma. These potent bronchodilators provide quick relief of acute symptoms.

2. Anticholinergics. Ipratropium (Atrovent) reverses bronchospasm and may have an additive effect when used with inhaled short-acting beta2 agonists.

3. Systemic corticosteroids. In patients with moderate to severe exacerbations of asthma, use of systemic corticosteroids during an attack can prevent further progression of the episode. Seven to 10 days is usually sufficient. Prednisone, prednisolone or methylprednisolone, 40 to 60 mg qd. The oral steroid does not have to be tapered after a short-course of therapy if the patient is on an inhaled steroid.

Coping with Asthma

Coping with Asthma

If you suffer with asthma, you will no doubt be familiar with the uncomfortable sensations as your bronchial tubes begin to narrow and your muscles around them start to tighten. A sticky mucus known as phlegm begins to produce and increase within your bronchial tubes and you begin to wheeze, cough and struggle to breathe.

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