For patients suffering from certain conditions, such as asthma or COPD, inhalers and bronchodilators can alleviate symptoms and make breathing easier. Bronchodilators are medications delivered through an inhaler. These medications open up the breathing tubes in your lungs to make breathing easier. The effect of the bronchodilators can vary between 4 and 24 hours. Depending upon the specific medication used, you may take it in order to provide long-lasting relief, or as a quick-acting support before beginning strenuous activities, such as exercise.
Getting the full effect of the bronchodilators requires you to use your inhaler correctly. There are several different types of inhalers, all of which deliver medicine into your lungs. However, if you have never been taught to use your inhaler correctly, then you may not be getting the full benefit of your inhaled medicine. In order to benefit fully from your medications, check with your doctor to make sure you understand the type of inhaler you have and how to use it properly.