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Asthma Medication Factsheets

medicineIf you have asthma, you need to know the following:
  • What kind of medicine am I taking?
  • How am I supposed to take it?
  • How does it help my asthma?
  • What are the side effects?
There are two main kinds of medicines for asthma:
  1. Long-Term Control Medicines help to prevent asthma symptoms and episodes. These medicines work slowly over many days to stop the swelling in the airways. Your Long-Term Control medicine should be taken every day as directed by your doctor even if you are feeling well.

  2. Quick-Relief Medicines help to stop an asthma episode once it has already started. These medicines help to stop the tightness and open up your airways. Quick-Relief medicines do not prevent asthma symptoms from happening.


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