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What types of medications are used to treat asthma and how do they differ?

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What types of medications are used to treat asthma and how do they differ?

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1. Those that help with the long-term control 2. Those that give short term quick relief from the symptoms Long term controller medications are taken every day (Serevent, Corticosteroids, Cromolyn, Theophylline, Leukotriene Modifiers) to prevent the symptoms from occurring. It may take several weeks depending on the medication for these agents to work where the patient sees the full benefit from the therapy. Long term control medications are aimed at suppression, control and reversal of inflammation. • You will usually see these used if a patient experiences symptoms more that 3 times per week • Another situation may be if the patient experiences the symptoms at night 3 or more times per month How would you know how often a patient experiences the symptoms? Often the doctor will have the patient fill out a questionnaire answering questions yes or no. In pharmacist’s care sometimes we will ask the patient to fill out the questionnaire to take to the doctor. Quick Relief medications are

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I recommend that you talk to your doc first of all. Never take any meds yourself, it can harm you. Also, it is important that you choose only the best and safest asthma treatment drugs. That’s why it is vital that you discuss it with a specialist. Be really careful about it and good luck!

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