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Asthma/COPD

Asthma and Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are long-term conditions that constrict the sufferer’s airways and make it difficult for them to breathe. While the conditions are slightly different, both display symptoms of chronic coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath.

Suffering from breathing problems at some point in your life is very common and you’ll find effective treatments for whichever condition ails you, in our wide range of medications.

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Asthma and the treatments available

Ventolin
  • Fast acting relief from breathing problems
  • Opens breathing passages
  • Used to treat asthma and COPD
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Salamol
  • For use in attacks of breathlessness
  • Helps to relieve symptoms
  • Suitable for asthma and COPD
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£12.99
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Clenil Modulite
  • Intended for long-term use
  • Reduces inflammation in the lungs
  • Prevents attacks of breathlessness
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£16.99
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Atrovent
  • Treats asthma and COPD
  • Relaxes the airways so you can breathe more easily
  • Reduces symptoms such as wheezing
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£17.99
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Bricanyl
  • Relaxes the muscles in the airways
  • Helps you to breathe more easily
  • For use in an attack of breathlessness
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Aerivio Spiromax
  • For daily use
  • Prevents breathlessness
  • Relieves symptoms of asthma and COPD
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£44.99
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Flutiform
  • Reduces inflammation in the lungs
  • Prevents asthma attacks
  • For those whose asthma isn't controlled by a preventative and reliever inhaler
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£39.99
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Pulmicort Turbohaler
  • Used in the ongoing treatment of asthma and COPD
  • Lowers the number and severity of attacks
  • Reduces swelling and inflammation in the lungs
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£24.99
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Airomir Autohaler
  • Relaxes the muscles in the airways
  • Provides relief from breathlessness attacks
  • Easy to use
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£19.99
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DuoResp Spiromax
  • Dual treatment
  • Provides ongoing asthma relief
  • Also relieves in a breathlessness attack
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£45.99
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Alvesco
  • Provides ongoing relief from asthma
  • Prevents breathlessness
  • Decrease asthma symptoms
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£29.99
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Incruse Ellipta
  • Reduces symptoms of COPD
  • Provides ongoing relief
  • Not suitable for the treatment of asthma
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£39.99
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Fostair NEXThaler
  • Helps to manage asthma symptoms
  • Relieves inflammation in the lungs
  • For asthma that's not controlled by using a regular preventer inhaler and a reliever inhaler
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£43.99
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Sirdupla
  • Provides ongoing relief from asthma
  • Makes it easier to breathe
  • Easy to use
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£29.99
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Sereflo
  • Provides day-to-day relief
  • Prevents attacks of breathlessness
  • Effectively relieves symptoms
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£27.99
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Relvar Ellipta
  • Contains steroids to reduce inflammation
  • Opens the airways in the lungs
  • Helps you breathe more easily
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£34.99
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Seretide
  • Manages and controls asthma
  • Relieves breathlessness
  • Keeps the airways open
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£31.99
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Kelhale
  • Treats mild to severe asthma
  • Relieves symptoms of breathlessness
  • Extra fine aerosol for better taste and dosage
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£18.99
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AirFluSal MDI
  • Prevents attacks of breathlessness
  • Used long term
  • Effective treatment
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£34.99
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Flixotide
  • Preventer inhaler
  • Reduces attacks of breathlessness
  • Offers long term relief
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£16.99
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Symbicort
  • Reduces inflammation in the lungs
  • Effects last for 12 hours
  • Easy to use
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Serevent
  • Prevents asthma attacks
  • Opens the airways to the lungs
  • Makes it easier to breathe
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£42.99
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Striverdi Respimat
  • Contains a bronchodilator
  • Makes it easier to breathe
  • Offers long term relief
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£40.99
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Spiolto Respimat
  • Prevents breathlessness
  • Effective when taken every day
  • Treats asthma and COPD
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Qvar
  • Controls symptoms of asthma
  • Prevents asthma attacks
  • Easy to use
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£20.99
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Spiriva Respimat
  • Treatment for asthma and COPD
  • Reduces the occurrence of breathlessness attacks
  • Helps the lungs to stay open
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£34.99
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Read up

    Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease (long-term), that usually begins during childhood, and leads sufferers to have trouble breathing, as well as fits of coughing and wheezing. If you have Asthma, you’ll notice that certain things act as triggers, such as dust, pollutants, pollen, smoke, animal fur and exercise. The triggers for Asthma inflame the bronchioles (which are very sensitive) and bring on what’s known as an asthma attack; a sharp increase in the severity of symptoms.

    The reason that Asthma sufferers have such difficulties breathing is because the condition constricts the airways to the lungs. The muscles tighten, the wall becomes inflamed and swollen, and there is an increased amount of phlegm, which all leads to a much smaller passage for air to enter and exit through, than that of a healthy person.

    While we know what Asthma is and how it occurs, it’s not really known what causes the condition to develop in the first place. Some research suggests that you may be born with a predisposition that increases your risk of developing it, while other evidence suggests it could be hereditary or related to genetics.

    Like Asthma, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a disease that affects your ability to breathe, and emphysema and chronic bronchitis both fall under this umbrella term. Unlike Asthma, COPD is progressive rather than just chronic, which means it worsens over time, often due to lifestyle factors such as smoking.

    The symptoms of the condition are the same as Asthma and are due to the same reasons; inflamed airways, excessive mucus and sometimes also damaged alveolar (air sacs in the lungs). We can trace the cause backwards more easily though, as it’s usually down to cigarette smoke in developed countries, and pollution in developing ones.

    The diseases can be quite different, but treatment is normally the same because the symptoms are too. You’ll find a range of medications to treat breathing problems at UK Meds, with clear-to-follow instructions regarding use of an inhaler (for those who’ve never used one before). The ideal treatment will mainly depend on the condition you are suffering from, as some medications are suitable for both, while others are tailored purely for either Asthma or COPD.

    The inhalers usually contain bronchodilators (to open the airways) and corticosteroids (to reduce inflammation), but these will be in a variety of doses to treat varying severities. Treatment options also differ based on whether the inhaler is for long-term, ongoing treatment or to act as a rescue in the event of an attack of breathlessness.

    As well as medication, you can also help yourself to manage your illness by being careful with your lifestyle choices. So quitting smoking will greatly improve your ability to breathe, and exercise should be done with caution.

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