Tag Archives: Inhaled steroids

Things which can help your sleep

Using a Peak Flow meter and keeping a diary will show any early changes in your airways, allowing action to be taken. Using your appropriate treatments effectively: Steroid inhalers to reduced inflammation in airways. Reliever inhalers to prevent airway spasm. Try a bedtime routine: Avoid distractions like television, mobile or tablet use in your bedroom. […]

Relievers – long acting – inhalers

Long-acting bronchodilators should only be taken along with inhaled corticosteroids – this is usually done as part of a combination inhaler but can be given as a separate inhaler as long as you are also taking the inhaled corticosteroid regularly. Please note: These are the most commonly used inhalers at the time of publication of […]

Combination inhalers

Steroid inhalers are useful in more severe COPD or if you experience frequent flare ups/exacerbations. They can help to prevent flare ups of your COPD and need to be taken regularly, as they do not have their effect straight away. If a steroid and a long acting bronchodilator are needed regularly, it is easier to […]

Oral steroids and injections

Oral steroids and injections are usually given as: Prednisolone tablets. Methylprednisolone. (Medrol®) Triamcinolone (Kenalog®) injections. Usually injections are used if tablet form does not give sufficient relief or when some people have side effects. Can be given every 4-6 weeks. What do they do? Reduce the inflammation in the lining of the lungs. This reduces […]

Medicine to treat an acute asthma attack

There is a standard method of treating an acute asthma attack. It consists of high dose reliever medication and steroid tablets. The usual reliever drug used is Salbutamol. It is delivered by a spacer device one puff at a time up to 10 times. Salbutamol may be given by nebuliser, there is a standard dose vial […]

Medicine for difficult to manage asthma

There are different types of commonly used treatments for difficult to manage asthma: Monoclonal antibodies (e.g. Omalizumab which is also known by the name Xolair®). Oral steroids or injection. Steroid sparing agents (e.g. Methotrexate, ciclosporin, gold). Antifungal medicines. Terbutaline infusion (A fast acting reliever) Some medicines are preventative and others are used to treat an […]

What treatment will my child need? Preventers

Your doctor or nurse may prescribe another type of inhaler which is usually brown in colour and taken every day even when your child is well. This inhaler is often referred to as a preventer inhaler and belongs to a group of medicines called steroids. Steroid inhalers reduce inflammation inside your child’s airways. This is […]