Asthma medications

Quick-Relief --These medications are used to help open the narrowed airways and may relieve coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, or difficulty in breathing. These are usually considered “rescue medications” for asthma attacks. These medications come in inhaled, pill form, or liquid form.

Controllers -- These medications help decrease the inflammation, narrowing, and mucus production that is happening in the airways.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)
Cromolyn and nedocromil are two types of nonsteroidal medications that are usually inhaled by the child.

These medications can be given in a variety of ways. Some of them are inhaled, while others may be taken as a pill or liquid, or even as an injection. The steroids taken by mouth can have more side effects than those that are inhaled. Inhaled steroids are safe and effective controller medications and should be taken every day. Consult your child's physician about the best choice for your child.

These are a relatively new type of medication being used to help control the symptoms of asthma. These medications help to decrease the narrowing of the lung and to decrease the chance of fluids in the lungs. These are usually given by mouth.

Download the asthma care plan (PDF).