What is a rescue/reliever inhaler?
A rescue inhaler, also known as a reliever inhaler, is used by people who suffer from asthma for quick and emergency relief.
These inhalers are classed as the beta-agonist bronchodilator, which is a immediate relief for symptoms, such as wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath.
Unfortunately, many asthmatics think that this inhaler is all they need to help keep their asthma controlled. The rescue inhaler’s job is to provide fast and temporary recovery, but do not prevent the patient from having further asthma symptoms or worsening of the condition.
To get more control of your asthma, you need a preventer inhaler, hence, the name preventer. These inhalers do the job of preventing symptoms from occurring, which would then reduce the need for your rescue inhaler.
What are the most common brands out there?
There is a variety of rescue inhalers out there; depending on the country you are in, you might see some which are more common. For instance, Ventolin Evohaler is considered one of the most popular inhalers in the US and other parts of the world.
In the UK Salamol CFC free is a well known reliever inhaler amongst asthma sufferers. Moreover, Respigen and Bricanyl turbuhaler are other popular brands in the market that are used as quick relief for asthma symptoms.
All of these inhalers contain an active ingredient called Salbutamol; except for Bricanyl, which contains Terbutaline sulphate.
Why having one is important?
It is vitally important to own a reliever if you are asthmatic, because it can help give you quick relief or even save your life in a severe attack. I call it my best friend : ), I am very thankful for the companies that created these medications.
Many people are very shy from using their inhalers in public when they need to. Personally, I prefer to overcome my shyness by using it, than to risk an asthma attack and have ambulance pick me up.
It is also important that you get a new inhaler one to two week before yours has finished, making sure you do not run out of medication. I am guilty of this sometimes, but there should be no excuse for it :P It is a good idea to have one inhaler at work or school and the other kept at home, that way you will have an extra if you forget it at home.
I am not sure whether schools would allow students to keep their medication within the building, which is something you would have to discuss with the teachers or headmaster.
Where can I get one?
Depending on which country you are in, you might be able to buy reliever inhalers over the counter. Some countries are stricter and will not allow you to buy one without a prescription. However, you can buy them from some online pharmacies without having a prescription, but this would be at your own risk.