Whether you’ve been diagnosed with COPD (which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis) or asthma, you may hear about “rescue,” “maintenance,” or “controller” treatments or inhalers. What does this mean? Watch this short video or read below to learn more.

RESCUE
MEDICATIONS
ARE ALSO CALLED QUICK-RELIEF MEDICATIONS.

  • This means exactly what it sounds like: rescue meds are taken as needed for quick, short-term relief of symptoms
  • They are used to prevent or treat asthma attacks or sudden worsening of COPD symptoms during a flare-up
  • They open the lungs by relaxing the muscles of the airway wall. They begin working within minutes and are effective for four to six hours

MAINTENANCE OR
CONTROLLER MEDICATIONS

ARE TAKEN DAILY TO CONTROL COPD AND ASTHMA.

  • They are taken even when you don’t have symptoms
  • They help reduce inflammation in the walls of the airways and may also work to relax the muscles in the airway wall, helping keep them open

Different people have different medication needs, depending on their condition. Ask your doctor about the treatment plan that works best for you.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION