Asthma treatment by way of an asthma inhaler does seem to work more quickly and is the preferred choice by many medical physicians over the ingestion of tables or any liquid medication. Perhaps it is because the asthma inhaler takes a more direct route and disperses more rapidly than the ingestion of pills or liquid medication. The other important factor to soothing and calming the asthma attack is with an inhaler there are little to now side effects, which is a direct plus.
Adrenaline still works best for asthma treatment so the medical community did their best to find a way to synthesize it for mass production which they have accomplished successfully. Little to no side effects is the main reason why the focus on adrenaline was so intense. Some of the inhaled medications are beta-2 agonists, anticholinergics, corticosteroids, and cromolyn sodium. On the other side of the spectrum there are the physically ingested allergy medication such as aminophylline, leukotriene antagonists, beta-2 agonists, and corticosteroid tablets. The physically ingested medications do carry with them the side effects that the medical physician will watch and log.
Individuals who are not able to avoid allergens or those individuals whose symptoms of asthma are uncontrollable there are beta-2 agonists, but they also have side effects that the individual needs to be aware of. Some of these side effects as a cause and effect of beta-2 agonists are fast heart rate, anxiety, tremors, palpitations, and lowering of blood potassium, which is correctable by eating a banana once a day to replenish the lost potassium.
Symptoms of asthma are sometimes difficult to control with beta-2 agonists, and in these cases corticosteroids are an addition. Corticosteroids can improve lung function and reduce the airway obstruction over a shorter period of time. To decrease the deposition of medications on the throat from asthma inhalers, and increase the amount reaching the airways, spacers can be a helpful aid. These spacers are tube like chambers attached to the outlet of the MDI inhaler canister.
Individuals affected with respiratory asthma know only too well what a lifesaving device the asthma inhaler is with every breath taken. However, for medicine to work it the individual must learn how to use it to the individual’s benefit. Though there are some pill form medications for the asthmatic, the inhalers seem to offer additional benefit in reducing the time it takes for the medication to infiltrate through the internal system. There are on the market today a few different types of asthma inhalers. They are as follows:
- Metered dose inhalers or MDI.
- Dry powder inhalers or DPI.
Metered dose inhalers like Advair are the most prevalent asthma inhaler in use today by many individuals. Each push to release the medicated internal spray is a controlled and measured dosage to reduce the percentage of error. The dry powder inhalers are just what it implies. This is a very fine, dry powder to give the individual the opportunity to breath in the dry powder. This is a pressurized powder and released in the specific dose required by the medical physician. This will cause the individual to inhale very rapidly to absorb all the fine powder into the lungs to alleviate the congestion and reduce the mucus forming inside the lung canals.
Advair though treats both the main causes of the asthma symptoms, the airway constriction and it also treats the inflammation, to help prevent symptoms from returning as often as they were returning. Advair contains salmeterol which can be detrimental to some asthma suffers. This is a metered dose inhaler meant for usage by adults and should be avoided by children under the age of twelve.