Asthma Relievers and Corticosteroid Medications

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Asthma is the number one reason for admission to Dayton Children’s. To ensure our asthma patients are prescribed the appropriate medications, we have developed a clinical practice guideline in the event of an acute asthma attack.

There are two medications to treat an acute asthma attack.

  • A reliever medication called a bronchodilator that relaxes the muscles to help open the airway. 
  • A systemic corticosteroid is used to reduce the inflammation. 

Most often an oral or intravenous steroid is ordered for an acute asthma attack because of the quick onset in reducing the inflammation, but it can have serious side effects when used long term. Therefore, the patient is prescribed an inhaled corticosteroid known as the controller medication before discharge, which has fewer side effects. The controller medication is taken daily to prevent asthma symptoms and attacks on an ongoing basis.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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