Pediatric Asthma Program
Examples of Controller medicines include:
- Advair ®
- AeroBid ®
- Azmacort ®
- Flovent ®
- Pulmicort ®
- QVar ®
- Singulair ®
There are two kinds of Asthma Medicines:
Controller (EVERYDAY) Medicines
- Work slowly!
- PREVENT asthma symptoms
- You may not feel it working
- These medicines work best if taken EVERYDAY
Quick-Relief (AS NEEDED) Medicines
- Work fast!
- Relax breathing tubes and make it easier to breathe
- Use as needed when you have cough,
wheeze, or difficulty breathing
- Are only a "quick fix" for asthma
- Should not be needed everyday
Call your primary care doctor if you need your Quick-Relief (AS NEEDED) medicines
more than twice in a week or if you need to use it more than twice in one hour.
You should see your primary care provider at least every 3 months.
Examples of Quick-Relief medicines include:
- Albuterol ®
- MaxAir ®
- Proventil ®
- Ventolin ®
- Xopenex ®
How to Use an Inhaler & Spacer
- Remove the caps from the inhaler and the spacer.
- Check that nothing is inside the plastic case.
- Attach the inhaler to the spacer.
- Shake the inhaler (with spacer attached).
- Breathe out normally.
- Hold the inhaler in your mouth.
- Press inhaler once to release the medicine just as you begin to inhale.
- Continue to inhale slowly (over about 5 seconds) until your lungs are full.
- Remove inhaler and hold breath for 10 seconds. Then breathe out normally.
- Wait 1 - 3 minutes before taking additional puffs.
- Rinse your mouth with water.
If you are unable to hold your breath, use a mask with spacer
and take six breaths (in and out) through mouth for each puff.
This page was last updated on:
May 10, 2011.
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