What should my puffers (inhalers) do?

Taking your puffers as prescribed by your doctor should help you feel better and experience fewer symptoms.

There are two main types of medications that are often used together to control your symptoms: preventer medications and reliever medications.

  • Preventer / controller medication:

    Take your preventer medicine every day, even if you have no symptoms. These medications decrease swelling in your airways and make sure they stay clear of mucus.

  • Reliever medication:

    Take your reliever medication only when you need it: during a flare-up, if your breathing gets bad and before exercise (if you experience induced respiratory symptoms or if you unexpectedly experience symptoms during exercise).