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Table. Types of inhaler devices for delivering asthma and COPD medicines

Type

Common medicines

Pharmacological class

Function

Manually actuated pressurised metered-dose inhaler#

Airomir Inhaler (salbutamol)

SABA

Reliever
APO-Salbutamol Inhaler (salbutamol)

SABA

Asmol CFC-Free Inhaler (salbutamol)

SABA

Ventolin CFC-Free Inhaler (salbutamol)

SABA

Symbicort Rapihaler (budesonide plus formoterol)*

ICS + LABA

Alvesco Metered-dose Inhaler (ciclesonide)

ICS

Preventer
Flixotide Junior/Flixotide Inhaler (fluticasone propionate)

ICS

Fluticasone and Salmeterol Cipla Inhaler (fluticasone propionate plus salmeterol)

ICS + LABA

Fluticasone Cipla Metered-dose Inhaler (fluticasone propionate)

ICS

Flutiform Metered-dose Inhaler (fluticasone propionate plus formoterol)

ICS + LABA

Intal CFC-Free Inhaler/IntalForte CFC-Free Inhaler (sodium cromoglycate)

Cromone

Qvar (beclometasone)

ICS

Seretide MDI (fluticasone propionate plus salmeterol)

ICS + LABA

Symbicort Rapihaler (budesonide plus formoterol)

ICS + LABA

Tilade CFC-Free (nedocromil sodium)

Cromone

Atrovent Metered Aerosol (ipratropium)

SAMA

Other bronchodilator

Breath-actuated pressurised metered-dose inhaler

Airomir Autohaler (salbutamol)

SABA

Reliever

Qvar Autohaler (beclometasone)

ICS

Preventer

Dry powder inhaler (multi-dose)

Bricanyl Turbuhaler (terbutaline sulfate

SABA

Reliever
Symbicort Turbuhaler (budesonide plus formoterol)*

ICS + LABA

Arnuity Ellipta (fluticasone furoate)

ICS

Preventer
Breo Ellipta (fluticasone furoate plus vilanterol)

ICS + LABA

Flixotide Accuhaler (fluticasone propionate)

ICS

Pulmicort Turbuhaler (budesonide)

ICS

Seretide Accuhaler (fluticasone propionate plus salmeterol)

ICS + LABA

Symbicort Turbuhaler (budesonide plus formoterol) ICS + LABA

Anoro Ellipta (umeclidinium plus vilanterol)

LAMA + LABA

Other bronchodilator
Bretaris Genuair (aclidinium)

LAMA

Brimica Genuair (aclidinium plus formoterol)

LAMA + LABA

Incruse Ellipta (umeclidinium)

LAMA

Oxis Turbuhaler (formoterol)

LABA

Serevent Accuhaler (salmeterol) LABA

Dry powder inhaler (capsule)

Onbrez Breezhaler (indacaterol)

LABA

Other bronchodilator
Seebri Breezhaler (glycopyrronium)

LAMA

Spiriva Handihaler (tiotropium)

LAMA

Ultibro Breezhaler (glycopyrronium plus indacaterol)

LAMA + LABA

Mist inhaler

Spiolto Respimat (tiotropium plus olodaterol)

LAMA + LABA

Other bronchodilator
Spiriva Respimat (tiotropium)

LAMA

# Manually actuated: conventional puffer

* Symbicort is classed as a reliever only when maintenance-and-reliever regimen has been prescribed

LABA: long-acting beta2 agonist

LAMA: long-acting muscarinic antagonist (long-acting anticholinergic bronchodilator)

ICS: inhaled corticosteroid

SABA: short-acting beta2 agonist

SAMA: short-acting muscarinic antagonist (short-acting anticholinergic bronchodilator)

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