Salbutamol inhalers (the generic name for Ventolin Evohalers, Salamol Easi-Breathe and Salbul) are known as relievers and help to ease the symptoms of asthma. Typically blue in colour, they work by relaxing the muscles in the narrowed airways to allow them to open up. Using a reliever before any periods of exercise can also reduce the likelihood of suffering asthma symptoms while exercising. Relievers get to work immediately, so are essential in treating asthma attacks. It’s important to let our doctors know how often you use your reliever as overuse could be a sign that your asthma is not under control.
Beclomethasone and Seretide inhalers are known as controllers, and help manage swelling and inflammation in the airways. They contain a steroid that reduces the production of mucus in the lungs, thereby helping to ease your breathing. Controllers need to be used regularly to maximise their benefit, as their protective effect builds up over time. Popular brand names include Beclazone, Becotide, and Seretide.