Asthmatic Medications – Preventive Medicines and Their Usage


People who suffer from asthma understand that coping with this difficult disease requires a combination of a number of factors. For those with milder symptoms, coping this difficult disease can easily be achieved through environmental adjustments and behavioral changes. However, for those with severe symptoms, they will not only have to make dramatic changes to their lifestyle but also require the help of prescribed asthmatic remedies.

There are basically two 'types' of medicines used for asthma sufferers. The first type is a "preventer medicine" which works to inhibit the swelling that can result in airways due to triggers in the environment and then curtail an asthma attack. The second type is a "reliever medicine" that can be taken during an asthma attack to help quickly reduce the symptoms. We will discuss more about the "reliever medicine" in this article.

An important fact about asthmatic medications is to understand the importance of using them as they are designed to be used. Your doctor, in all likelihood, will stress the need for you to follow any treatment as outlined. And while this may seem obvious on the surface, it is necessary because very often we have a tendency to compromise the dosage to suit our personal perception of the condition especially when some of these asthmatic symptoms disappear and we think we are recovering from it. Unfortunately, our self-prescribed dosage often works against the intent of the medication and may worsen our asthmatic condition.

Preventer medicines are designed for long term care use. They are usually taken through an inhaler. The most effective asthmatic medication in this category is a corticosteroid which can help reduce the swelling in the airways so preventing the onset of any asthma attacks. At times this medicine is also given in the form of liquid or tablets but for a short period and are used to to get some unusual swapping in our throat under control or to deal with a chest infection.

Another type of preventer medicine is the long-acting beta-agonist. This medication works as a bronchodilator or a muscle relaxer and is not used to target inflammation. They are meant to help moderate to severe asthma and are generally used in conjunction with the corticosteroid medication. They are also used as a reliever medicine during an attack to open the airways. They can taken through an inhaler as well.

Preventer medicines are specifically designed to work over a long period of time. They keep the airways open and reduce swelling and mucous in the lungs. They should always be taken even if the asthmatic feet that there are no obvious symptoms. This is because the undering problem is still inside you and will not go away on its own without treatment. Without these preventer medicines, your lungs can be overworked and may become weaker. This will leave the asthmatic person more vulnerable to more asthmatic attacks.

Some individuals may worry that taking the medicine constantly will lessen it's effectiveness but in reality the opposite has been shown to be true – that lessening it may cause your asthma to worsen and may potentially require stronger asthmatic medications to manage the deteriorated condition.

However, after some time and through observation, your doctor may decide to change your dosage or your medication. It could be that an alternative treatment is available which could simplify your routine or it could be to help you gain better control of your asthma. This can be a little unsettling for some individuals but the key to deal with this issue is to have an open discussion with your doctor on the pros and cons of the prescribed asthmatic medications and to arrive at a best treatment for you and your asthmatic condition.

Source by Lester Lee