The Asthma & COPD Medications chart is a useful education resource for health professionals to help with identification and explanation of different treatments. As well as including all the latest inhalers available in Australia, the updated version specifies the PBS reimbursement status of each medication as at November 2020.
The two most common types of asthma medications are controllers which treat the long-term, underlying inflammation in your airways and relievers which act as your rescue inhaler and provide fast but short-term relief of symptoms. You should speak with your healthcare professional about finding a treatment plan that is right for you.
These anti-inflammatory drugs are the most effective and commonly used long-term control medications for asthma. They reduce swelling and tightening in your airways. You may need to use these medications for several months before you get their maximum benefit. Inhaled corticosteroids include: