Inhalers & Bronchodilators in Marrero
Long & short-term treatment methods
Individuals with a pulmonary disease that affects breathing – such as asthma or COPD – can use bronchodilators to open up their airways and improve lung function. Bronchodilators work by relaxing muscles around the airways.
Most patients will use short-acting bronchodilators for quick relief as needed, but long-acting bronchodilators are available for individuals with a more severe condition that requires long-term control.
Types of bronchodilators
There are three types of bronchodilators available: Beta-agonists, anticholinergics, and theophylline. All of these are available in a variety of forms – they can be inhaled, ingested in tablet or liquid form, or injected. Inhalation is generally the most common and most effective way to take a bronchodilator.
A short-acting bronchodilator is used to immediately relieve symptoms on an as-needed basis. They are most effective when symptoms are manageable most of the time but occasionally require fast relief. Individuals who find themselves using their short-acting bronchodilator more than twice a week may need to talk to their doctor about a long-acting bronchodilator, as dependence on short-acting bronchodilators is a sign that the condition is not properly controlled.
Long-acting bronchodilators must be used in conjunction with inhaled steroids to provide long-term control of pulmonary conditions like asthma.
An inhaler is the vehicle through which a bronchodilator – both short- and long-acting – can be inhaled. Inhalers come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
Patients may use one of the following kinds of inhalers:
- Hydrofluoroalkane inhalers (HFAs): A handheld aerosol canister that sprays medication when pushed. These may be used with a spacer.
- Dry powder inhalers (DPIs): A handheld device with a dose release lever that releases a powder product.
- Nebulizers:A mouthpiece or mask that allows the user to breathe normally
Some of the most common short-acting bronchodilator inhalers available in the US are albuterol, metaproterenol, levalbuterol, and pirbuterol.