Quick relief medications are used to immediately control acute asthma attacks. Short-acting beta2 agonists are bronchodilators that relax and open constricted airways during an acute attack. They do not reduce inflammation or airway responsiveness. If an asthma attack is severe enough that a hospital visit is required, systemic corticosteroids will be given.
I knew it was coming: the change in my Albuterol rescue inhaler. I had gotten a letter from my insurance company stating that my inhaler was going to change in 2008. The American Lung Association states it thusly: "The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has told makers of albuterol inhalers that they must stop using the…