Medication: Preventers


Key Points

Preventer medication comes as:

  • Inhalers
  • Tablets
  • Injections


Key Points

These inhalers need to be taken every day come what may.

There are two types:

  • Steroid only, which tackle the inflammation in the airways
  • Combined inhalers, which also include a long-acting muscle relaxing drug

Preventer inhalers can take 4-6 weeks to start working.


Key Points

The following tablets are additional treatments:

  • Montelukast
  • Theophylline
  • Oral steroids

If you are taking this treatment, you should know:

  • What they do
  • When to take them
  • What to look out for


Key Points

Injections are only used in severe asthma.