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Asthma Medications

Lecture for Camp Aldersgate, Asthma Week
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Suzanne Godbold

on 2 August 2013

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Transcript of Asthma Medications

Asthma Medications
Long-term Controller Medicine
To PREVENT asthma symptoms
Decrease swelling in your airway
Steroids and non-steroids
Inhaled corticosteroids
Leukotriene modifiers
Long-acting beta agonist
Comination Inhalers
Take EVEN WHEN FEELING GOOD!!!
Rinse your mouth or brush your teeth after taking
Quick-acting Medicine
Bronchodilator
Relax muscles so air can move in and out easier
To use when HAVING asthma symptoms
Helps with coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath
Starts working quickly, feeling better within 10-30 minutes
Can use 15-30 minutes before exercise
Always use your spacer!
Reminders
Take your controller EVERY DAY!!
If you don't feel good, let someone know and take your albuterol!!
ALWAYS use your chamber!!
Types of Asthma Medicines
2 Main Types Of Medicines:
Long-term controller
Preventative
Like your sunscreen
Quick-relief
Rescue
Fast-acting
Like aloe after a sunburn
How To Use Your Inhaler
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And Remember...
It's okay to have asthma....
Even cats use their chambers!
Long-term Medications
Flovent
Pulmicort
Asmanex
QVAR
Alvesco
Singulair
Accolate
Zyflo
Advair
Symbicort
Dulera
Quick-acting Medicine
Albuterol
Ventolin
Pro-Air
Others
Xopenex
Atrovent
SHAKE your inhaler, right before the puff
Remove the cap
Stand or sit up straight
Put mouthpiece in mouth, OR mask on face
Gently breathe out
Press your inhaler to release ONE puff of medicine
Breathe in SLOWLY and DEEPLY
HOLD YOUR BREATH TO 10
If using a mask, breathe at least 10 times
Breathe out, rest.....GOOD JOB!!
If you need more than one puff, wait 30 seconds, and repeat!
If you are taking your long acting medicine, rinse your mouth out
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