Medications (Adult asthma)

3) Relievers – short acting bronchodilators – inhalers

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Medicine name Device How its taken Side effects
Salbutamol (Ventolin®, Airomir®, Salamol®, Salbulin®) Metered dose inhaler, Clickhaler, Easyhaler, Easi-Breathe, Accuhaler Reliever – taken when asthma symptoms start All medicines have side-effects
  • Common ones include shakiness, headaches and palpitations
  • If you experience symptoms that suggest an allergic reaction seek medical advice as soon as possible
  • Information on other side-effects can be found in the Patient Information Leaflet in the pack or on the electronic Medicines Compendium (eMC) website.

These side effects are short lasting and common. They are not a reason to stop taking the inhaler. Most people tolerate these mild side effects. If you are in any doubt contact your GP or asthma team.Terbutaline (Bricanyl®)Turbohaler

Please note:

These are the most commonly used inhalers at the time of publication of this website. If you do not see your inhaler you can speak to your GP or pharmacist or check the patient information leaflet for your inhaler and medication.