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post in: Lifestyle Date:25 Oct 2017, 16:23 views:4481
There are many different types of inhaler, which can be confusing.
This leaflet gives information on: the drugs (medicines) that are inside inhalers, the various types of inhaler device, and some general information about inhalers. This leaflet is about inhalers for asthma. See separate leaflet in this series called 'Asthma which gives more general information about asthma.
There are also separate leaflets called 'Asthma - Picture Summary women 'Asthma - Peak Flow Meter' and 'Inhalers for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease'. The drugs (medicines) inside inhalers, the drug inside an inhaler goes straight into the airways when you breathe.
This means that you need a much smaller dose than if you were to take the drug as a tablet or liquid by mouth.
The airways and lungs are treated, but little of the drug gets into the rest of the body. The proper drug name is called the generic name. Different drug companies can use the generic drug and produce different brands - the proprietary drug names.
There are many different brands of inhalers. Inhalers can have generic names and be produced by different drug companies too.
For some drugs there are different inhaler devices that deliver the same drug.
This means that there are many types of inhaler available on prescription, all of which are produced in different colours.
This can be confusing.