How Many Types of Inhaler Are There for Asthma?

How many types of inhaler are there for asthma?


Asthma inhaler types

According to the medicine inside an inhaler, inhalers can be grouped into four types:

  • Reliever inhalers – contain bronchodilator medicines

The two main reliever medicines are salbutamol and terbutaline.

  • Preventer inhalers – usually contain a steroid medicine

The main inhaled steroid preventer medications are:

  1. Beclometasone. These inhalers are usually brown and sometimes red in colour.
  2. Budesonide.
  3. Ciclesonide.
  4. Fluticasone. This is a yellow-coloured or orange-coloured inhaler.
  5. Mometasone.
  • Long-acting bronchodilator inhalers

The medicines in these inhalers include salmeterol and formoterol.

  • Inhalers containing a steroid plus a long-acting bronchodilator


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