Asthma medicinesAAsthma medicinesAsthma medicinesEnglishRespiratoryChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)LungsRespiratory systemDrug treatmentAdult (19+)NA2009-01-29T05:00:00ZSharon Dell, BEng, MD, FRCPC;Bonnie Fleming-Carroll, MN, ACNP, CAE;Jennifer Leaist, RN, BScN;Rishita Peterson, RN, BScN, MN;Gurjit Sangha, RN, MN;James Tjon, BScPhm, PharmD, RPh8.0000000000000061.0000000000000437.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Most asthma medications are taken through inhalers, however some may be taken orally. Find out about the different types of medications used to treat asthma.<br></p><p>Even if your child has mild asthma, they will usually need to take asthma medicines. Asthma medicines do not cure asthma, but they can help to keep your child’s asthma under control or make symptoms less severe. They also help your child’s lungs stay healthy. In this section of the site, you will learn about the different types of asthma medicines and the different devices that are used to give them.</p><h2> Key points </h2> <ul><li> Asthma medicines do not cure asthma, but they can help lessen symptoms.</li> <li> Work with your child's doctor to create and adjust an action plan that works for your child's asthma.</li> <li> There are two main types of asthma medicines: controllers and relievers. Your child may need to take both types of medicine at different times.</li> <li>Some asthma medicines are given using different kinds of inhaler devices. </li></ul>
Médicaments contre l’asthmeMMédicaments contre l’asthmeAsthma MedicinesFrenchRespiratoryChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)LungsRespiratory systemDrug treatmentAdult (19+)NA2009-01-29T05:00:00ZSharon Dell, BEng, MD, FRCPCBonnie Fleming-Carroll, MN, ACNP, CAEJennifer Leaist, RN, BScNRishita Peterson, RN, BScN, MNGurjit Sangha, RN, MNJames Tjon, BScPhm, PharmD, RPh8.0000000000000061.0000000000000437.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>La plupart des médicaments contre l’asthme sont administrés au moyen d’inhalateurs bien que certains peuvent être pris de manière orale. Découvrez les différents types de médicaments employés pour traiter l’asthme.</p><p>Même si votre enfant est atteint d’asthme modéré, il devra généralement prendre tout de même des médicaments contre l’asthme. Les médicaments ne guérissent pas l’asthme, mais ils peuvent aider à la contrôler ou à en atténuer les symptômes. Ils contribuent aussi à conserver les poumons de votre enfant en bonne santé. Dans la présente section du site, vous découvrirez les différents types de médicaments contre l’asthme et les différents appareils utilisés pour les administrer.</p><h2> À retenir </h2> <ul><li> Les médicaments contre l’asthme ne peuvent le guérir, mais ils peuvent aider à en atténuer les symptômes.</li> <li> Discutez avec le médecin de votre enfant afin de mettre sur pied et d’ajuster un plan d’action qui fonctionnera pour l’asthme de votre enfant.</li> <li> Il existe deux principaux types de médicaments contre l’asthme : les médicaments d’entretien et les médicaments de soulagement. Votre enfant pourrait devoir prendre les deux types de médicaments à des moments différents.</li> <li> Certains médicaments contre l’asthme sont administrés en employant différents types d’appareils inhalateurs. </li></ul>

 

 

Asthma medicines1472.00000000000Asthma medicinesAsthma medicinesAEnglishRespiratoryChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)LungsRespiratory systemDrug treatmentAdult (19+)NA2009-01-29T05:00:00ZSharon Dell, BEng, MD, FRCPC;Bonnie Fleming-Carroll, MN, ACNP, CAE;Jennifer Leaist, RN, BScN;Rishita Peterson, RN, BScN, MN;Gurjit Sangha, RN, MN;James Tjon, BScPhm, PharmD, RPh8.0000000000000061.0000000000000437.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Most asthma medications are taken through inhalers, however some may be taken orally. Find out about the different types of medications used to treat asthma.<br></p><p>Even if your child has mild asthma, they will usually need to take asthma medicines. Asthma medicines do not cure asthma, but they can help to keep your child’s asthma under control or make symptoms less severe. They also help your child’s lungs stay healthy. In this section of the site, you will learn about the different types of asthma medicines and the different devices that are used to give them.</p><h2> Key points </h2> <ul><li> Asthma medicines do not cure asthma, but they can help lessen symptoms.</li> <li> Work with your child's doctor to create and adjust an action plan that works for your child's asthma.</li> <li> There are two main types of asthma medicines: controllers and relievers. Your child may need to take both types of medicine at different times.</li> <li>Some asthma medicines are given using different kinds of inhaler devices. </li></ul><h2>Developing an action plan for your child’s asthma</h2><p>Remember that asthma symptoms are different from child to child even within your own family. You need to work with your child’s doctor to develop an <a href="/Article?contentid=1487&language=English">asthma action plan </a>specifically for your child. Working with the doctor to find out the right medicines and right dosage for your child may be difficult, but it is very important. Your child’s condition may change over time. Have your child visit the doctor regularly to monitor your child’s asthma. The doctor can adjust your child’s action plan if your child’s condition changes.</p><h2>Types of asthma medicines</h2><p>Some asthma medicines are breathed in and some are swallowed. Medicines that are breathed in are called inhaled medicines. Inhaled medicines have been shown to be very safe in children. </p><p>There are two main types of asthma medicines: controllers and relievers. Your child may need to take both types of medicine at different times. </p><ul><li>Controller medicines are used over the long term to help control the swelling ( inflammation) of your child’s airways. Your child will usually take a controller medicine every day, even if she is feeling well. </li><li>Reliever medicines are used for quick relief during an asthma episode or when your child is having asthma symptoms. You will sometimes hear them called rescue medicines. They act quickly to relax the airways, relieve wheezing and coughing, and help your child breathe. </li></ul><p>If your child is having a severe asthma episode, she may need to take another, more powerful kind of asthma medicine called an oral steroid."Oral" means the medicine is taken by mouth (swallowed). </p><h2>How to give asthma medicines</h2><p>Inhaled asthma medicines are given using different kinds of inhaler devices, such as the following:</p><ul><li>metered-dose inhaler (MDI), which should be used with a spacer</li><li>Diskus inhaler</li><li>Turbuhaler</li><li>nebulizer with compressor</li></ul> <figure><span class="asset-image-title">Types of asthma inhalers </span> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/Types_of_asthma_inhalers_EQUIP_ILL_EN.jpg" alt="" /> </figure> <p>Using these devices may seem complicated at first, but you and your child will get used to them with practice. To make sure you are giving your child’s asthma medicine properly, show your doctor, certified asthma educator, nurse, or pharmacist how you use the inhalers. Ask them to show you the proper technique if you are having trouble.</p>https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/asthma_medicines.jpgAsthma medicines

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