An Informative Infographic Explaining the Difference Between Reliever and Preventer Asthma Inhalers

Chemistry of Asthma Inhalers

Compound Interest has created an informative infographic that explains the chemistry behind asthma medications and what the difference is between reliever inhalers and preventer inhalers.

Broadly speaking, drugs for asthma can be split into two types: relievers, and preventers. The purpose of each is fairly self-explanatory: relievers are used for the relief of asthma symptoms when they become apparent, whilst the preventers are used to help stop these symptoms appearing in the first place. Different chemical compounds are required depending on which of the two results we want to accomplish. ..Reliever drugs are by necessity fast-acting, reaching their peak effect between 5-20 minutes after dosing, and lasting for up to two hours. As such, they provide more or less immediate relief from asthma symptoms. …Unlike the relievers, preventers are no use for relief from asthma attacks; instead, regular dosing is required for their effects to be apparent.

Better living through chemistry indeed.

Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

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