How Many Types of Inhaler Are There for Asthma?

Q:
How many types of inhaler are there for asthma?

A:

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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