Medication for my childs asthma

4) Other asthma medicines

Hospital paediatric medicine cupboard


Long-acting relievers

  • These are usually in a 2 in 1 inhaler combined with your child’s inhaled steroid.
  • Normally taken every morning and night.
  • Green inhalers – these are used less often now and only contain a long acting reliever but no steroid.
  • If your child is on a green inhaler they should also have a preventer and reliever inhaler. Check with your asthma team.

Non steroid preventer tablets

  • Are available as tablets, chewable tablets and granules.
  • Usually taken as well as reliever and preventer inhalers.
  • Normally taken every day.

Oral steroids 

  • A short course 3-5 days is used to treat an asthma attack.
  • Your child must continue to take usual treatment while taking oral steroids.

Make sure you know what medicine your child should take and when. If you are not sure, ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist. If your child can understand instructions about their medicine they should also  know what they are for and when to take them.