Commonly Used Drugs

Drugs Used in the Treatment of Asthma
  • Diana Birch
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Abstract

Ventolin is a drug very commonly used in childhood asthma. It can be given either in the form of a syrup to younger children or as an inhaler. Ventolin is also known as Salbutamol. It acts by relaxing the muscles in the wall of the air passages and thus relieves an asthma attack. It lasts for approximately four hours and can be used either to relieve an asthma attack, or to prevent one if taken before exercise by a child who tends to get exercise-induced asthma. When Ventolin is used in an inhaler the actual dose is very small and therefore side effects are extremely rare. However, when the drug is taken as a syrup it can cause a fine tremor of the hands and the child may appear restless and flushed.

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