Asthma is a chronic condition which affects the lungs. 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
If you’re looking to renew your prescription and buy your blue asthma inhaler online, you can do so through our secure service. Take our medical questionnaire to start your consultation.
4 treatment(s) for Asthma
- Available in two types of inhaler
- Branded medicine
- Proficient at reducing inflammation
- Short-acting relief from symptoms
- Can be taken as a precautionary measure
- Not supplied by our pharmacy
- Preventer inhaler
- Manufactured in two different strengths
- Not available through our pharmacy
- Efficient reliever medicine
- Clear and simple administration
- Not available for purchase
- Widely prescribed asthma treatment
- One tablet to be taken daily
- 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 breathlessness, 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.
Asthma causes and triggers
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.
There are several factors that can contribute towards the development of asthma. A family history of the condition is one example. 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.
Management and treatment
Asthma UK has a useful and easy-to-use risk checker tool, which can help you to find out what your risk of an asthma attack is. To calculate your risk, all you’ll need to do is answer a few questions about your symptoms. It takes just a couple of minutes.
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 Airomir. These particular inhalers contain salbutamol, which gets to work within five minutes to limit symptoms when they become active. In the body, this medicines works as a ‘bronchodilator’, which means that they encourage muscle tissue in the airways to relax. This helps open the airways during an attack, and makes it easier for the user to breathe. Reliever inhalers are commonly referred to as ‘blue’ inhalers.
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. Preventer inhalers are commonly known as ‘brown’ or ‘purple’ inhalers.
Combination treatments are also available, which contain active agents that perform in both ways. One such product is Seretide, which consists of two preventers, salmeterol and fluticasone. They are administered through the once or twice daily use of one inhaler, which contains both medicines.
Presently, we only provide reliever inhalers through our online service to patients who are receiving ongoing treatment under the supervision of an asthma specialist. If you are experiencing asthma symptoms for the first time, or have asthma but are not currently receiving treatment, we strongly recommend that you see your GP in person, so that they can issue the necessary medication or refer you to a specialist where required.
If you need to renew your prescription for preventer treatment or have your treatment reviewed, we recommend you do so through your own GP.
Patients looking to renew their prescription for blue asthma inhalers online can do so through our pharmacy platform. Take our short doctor consultation, and our pharmacy will dispense your treatment once your prescription has been drawn up. All medications are shipped by tracked next-day courier.
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 are fast acting. They provide relief from symptoms by relaxing the muscles and enabling the airways to open up. Examples of these are salbutamol inhalers such as Ventolin, Asmasal and Airomir. These are available to order through our online pharmacy.
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 which perform both functions.
At present, we do not offer preventer treatments for asthma through our service.
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 such as salbutamol consist of headaches and tremors.
You can find out more about individual medicines by visiting the relevant page for each.
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 low dose preventer along with 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.
Please note that at present, our pharmacy only provides reliever inhalers.
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 by reading the patient information leaflet 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.
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