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Inhalers for Sports Induced Asthma

01/09/2002

Question:

What are some of the good inhalers to use for sports induced asthma?

Answer:

Generally an inhaler that is a bronchodilator is best. Albuterol or Maxair are the most commonly used to prevent exercise and is taken by inhalation 20-30 minutes prior to exercise. Duration of effect is 3-4 hours so this need to be kept in mind. Training on proper inhaler technique is essential for obtaining a good result. If a person has chronic asthma with regular symptoms other controller medications such as inhaled corticosteroids are also recommended to control underlying inflammation and reduce the amount of airway reactivity. These medications must be taken under the supervision of a physician.

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Response by:

David I Bernstein, MD David I Bernstein, MD
Professor of Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati