Relief Treatment

Common relief medication

  1. Salbutamol (also known as Ventolin)
  2. Terbutaline (also known as Bricanyl)
  3. Ipatropium bromide (also known as Atrovent)
  4. Salmeterol (also known as Serevent)-This is a long acting drug that is given 12 hourly
  5. Formoterol fumerate (also known as Oxis)- This is a long acting drug that is given 12 hourly

In the UK, salbutamol is one of the most commonly used inhalers. It usually comes as a blue inhaler and once given begins to become effective after 10 minutes. It’s effects may last upto 4 hours but sometimes it has to be given more frequently, particulalrly if the child is struggling to breathe. This will be covered in more detail in the “Emergency treatment” section.

Authored by: Dr Tim Ubhi

Published: 8th March 2019

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