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Bronchodilators are medicines that make it easier to breathe. They relax the airways of the lungs.
Short-acting bronchodilators work fast. They treat sudden breathing problems, like asthma attacks or wheezing. They aren't the same as long-acting bronchodilators. These are used every day to control asthma.
These short-acting medicines are often inhaled. They also come in the form of pills or liquids.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: February 24, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Elizabeth T. Russo MD - Internal Medicine
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