Bronchodilators are medicines that make it easier to breathe. They relax the airways of the lungs. They are usually given through an inhaler. The inhaler makes a fine mist that your child breathes through the mouth and into his or her lungs.
These medicines come in two forms: long-acting and short-acting. The long-acting form is used every day to control chronic asthma. The short-acting form is used to treat asthma attacks.
Long-acting bronchodilators should never be used to treat asthma attacks. They are always used with an inhaled corticosteroid medicine.
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: March 25, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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