How is Asthma treated?

Asthma is usually treated with inhalers, which assist with breathing difficulties. There are three common types of asthma inhaler, and each treats asthma in a different way.

Relievers

Relievers

Reliever inhalers treat the immediate symptoms of asthma only.

This type of inhaler is called a SABA (short-acting beta 2 agonist) and commonly known as a "blue" or "white" puffer. Types include Ventolin®, SalAir®, Respigen™ and Bricanyl®.

Preventers

Preventers

Preventer inhalers treat swelling and inflammation, hidden causes of asthma symptoms and, as the name suggests, help the prevention of asthma attacks in the future.

Preventers are usually taken at regular intervals rather than ‘as-needed’ and may require a separate SABA reliever for immediate symptoms and, as the name suggests, help the prevention of asthma attacks in the future.

Combined Inhalers

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Combined inhalers use more than one ingredient to manage symptoms and prevent attacks. However, most combined inhalers are not fast-acting and therefore require the addition of a SABA reliever inhaler for immediate symptoms.

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SYMBICORT
is a combined
inhaler
that is
both a reliever
and a preventer1,2

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Use of a SABA reliever inhaler alone is no longer recommended for long-term asthma management6

The Asthma + Respiratory Foundation NZ has released its 2020 Adolescent & Adult Asthma Guidelines, for the management of all levels of asthma.

According to these new guidelines, use of a SABA reliever inhaler alone without a separate preventer is no longer recommended for long-term asthma management.

What are the risks?
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Is your asthma
controlled?

Your asthma may not be well-controlled if you:

  • Experience symptoms more than 2 days/week
  • Use a SABA reliever for symptoms more than 2 days/week
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