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Quick-relief (rescue) medications

Quick-relief (rescue) medications

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Quick-relief (rescue) medications are used to reduce the symptoms of asthma attacks quickly. These medications are typically taken through an inhaler and work by relaxing the muscles around the airways, allowing air to flow more freely. Examples of quick-relief medications include albuterol, levalbuterol, and ipratropium.

When an asthma attack begins, quick-relief medications should be taken as soon as possible. This can help reduce the severity of the attack and prevent it from worsening. However, it is important to note that quick-relief medications are not a substitute for long-term asthma control medications, which should be taken regularly to help prevent asthma attacks.

It is important to follow the instructions provided by your doctor when taking quick-relief medications. This includes the dosage, frequency, and timing of the medication. It is also important to be aware of the potential side effects of these medications, which can include dizziness, headache, and nausea.

If you have difficulty using your Quick-relief medications, you must speak to your doctor or pharmacist for assistance. They can provide tips on how to use the Quick-relief medications correctly and provide information on other devices that can help make it easier to use.

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  • American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. (2020). Quick-Relief Medications. Retrieved from