Asthma is a chronic condition which affects the main airways in the body. It is characterised by difficulty breathing, coughing and wheezing, and affects people of all ages.
- Over 5 million people in the UK have it
- Attacks can be triggered by various factors
- Treatment can relieve symptoms
Asthma medication is not currently available for purchase through our online pharmacy. If you think you have asthma or are looking to renew your asthma prescription, please attend your GP surgery.
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- Manufactured in two different strengths
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- Short-acting relief from symptoms
- Can be taken as a precautionary measure
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- Widely prescribed asthma treatment
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- For use alongside other asthma medication
Asthma is common in the UK, with over 5 million people currently thought to be getting treatment for the condition. Often linked to other conditions, the illness is chronic in many cases, although some children may find that their symptoms decrease as they get older. Nevertheless, the condition can and does affect many adults.
The main symptoms of asthma are a reduced capacity to breathe, wheezing and coughing. Exacerbations, more commonly known as asthma attacks, are incidences where these symptoms onset suddenly, to a severe extent. They occur due to the inflammation and contraction of muscles in the windpipe, and in the branches which connect it to the lungs. This can reduce the space in the airways and make these passages narrower, leading to breathing problems. It can also result in the development of excess phlegm, causing further issues with breathing.
Certain triggers can bring on an asthma attack, or irritate the condition. These might be airborne debris such as animal fur or pollen, cigarette smoke, or a viral infection. Some cases may be brought on by exercise too.
What causes the condition exactly is not yet clear, but many doctors suggest that genetics may play a part. The likelihood of a person developing asthma may also be increased by environmental factors during childhood, such as exposure to tobacco smoke, or the need of a ventilator following birth.
At present, there is no cure for asthma, but treatment can help to keep the condition under control. There are two main approaches when it comes to managing asthma with medicine; relief and prevention.
Medications which relieve the condition include beta-2 agonists, such as Ventolin and Bricanyl, which get to work straight away and limit symptoms when they become active. In the body, they work as bronchodilators, which means they encourage muscle tissue in the airways to relax. This calms tenseness during an attack and makes it easier for the user to breathe.
Among the treatments which act as preventative measures for asthma are corticosteroids, including Qvar and Flixotide which work by reducing inflammation in the airways affected. They do this by restricting the release of chemicals by the immune system, which can occur when the body comes into contact with a particular allergen or irritant.
Combination treatments are also available, which contain active agents that perform in both ways. One such product is Seretide, which consists of a reliever (salmeterol) and a preventer (fluticasone). They are administered through the once or twice daily use of one inhaler, which contains both medicines.
We know that visiting the doctor in person to get your prescription for asthma treatment renewed isn’t always convenient. That’s why we’ve developed a quick and easy online consultation and dispensing service, so that you can get your regular asthma medication delivered straight to your door.
Please be aware that you cannot currently purchase any asthma medication from our UK pharmacy. You should attend a face-to-face appointment with your GP to establish if you have asthma and require treatment. Those wanting a repeat prescription should also discuss this with their own doctor.
Types of Treatment
The most well-known form of treatment for asthma is the inhaler, as it provides the medication the airways require in a simple and direct manner. However, because they contain different ingredients, these inhalers perform different functions. Some alleviate symptoms (these are referred to as ‘relievers’) while others stop potential attacks from developing (‘preventers’). Many people with asthma will use a combination of both.
How do they work?
These types of medicines get to work right away. They provide relief from symptoms by relaxing the muscles and enabling the airways to open up. Examples of these are beta-2 agonists such as Ventolin, Bricanyl and Serevent.
A preventer medicine is something which works as a maintenance treatment. It limits the frequency and severity of attacks by easing inflammation in the airways and, when used correctly, can reduce the need for reliever medications. Common preventers are corticosteroids such as Pulmicort and Flixotide.
Combination treatments are available, such as Seretide. This both offers relief and prevents flare-ups, but is given through one inhaler.
What are the side effects?
The medications available for asthma contain different active constituents, and may therefore result in varying side effects. More common reactions to corticosteroids include sore throat, and hoarseness, while those associated with beta-2 agonists consist of headaches and tremors. You can find out more by visiting the page relevant to each product.
Can I take them with other medications?
Make sure you let your prescriber know if you are using any other medications or alternative treatments during consultation. Treatments for asthma may interact with other products and affect the way they function.
If you have asthma and become pregnant, it is important to speak to your doctor, as they may advise you to take extra precautions.
What’s the difference between the medications?
Asthma medication falls into two categories; relievers and preventers. Which one you use will depend on the severity of your symptoms; those who only experience mild infrequent flare-ups will likely only need a reliever; while persons with recurrent problems may need to use a preventer for a time, and also use a reliever occasionally to treat sudden ‘attacks’ or exacerbations. A combination inhaler is the recommended choice in these situations, as a once or twice daily dose provides both forms of treatment.
Which treatment should I take?
It depends on your symptoms, or the type of asthma you have. Your GP or respiratory nurse will help you decide on the best type of treatment, after assessing your condition. Make an appointment with them if you have asthma but are not currently taking treatment, or if you think the asthma treatment you are using isn’t working as well as it should.
Are there different side effects?
Yes. You should familiarise yourself with these before use, so that you can act appropriately in the event that they occur.
Is it right for me?
Determining which is the most suitable form of treatment for you is something that will need to be done in person, with your respiratory nurse or your doctor. Speak to them to discuss treatment options further.
Asthma treatments are not currently available to order from our UK pharmacy.
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