Asthma Management Handbook

Medicines guide


Asthma medicines are classified by their role in asthma management (preventers and relievers) as well as by their pharmacological and chemical classes. Preventers include combination preventers (inhaled corticosteroid and long-acting beta2 agonist combinations).

Other medicines used in asthma management are neither relievers nor preventers, but have specific roles in the management of flare-ups, severe acute asthma, or difficult-to-treat asthma.

The main pharmacological classes of asthma medicines are beta2 receptor agonists, corticosteroids and leukotriene receptor antagonists.

Note: Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme restrictions are stated within the guidance on asthma management, where relevant  

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