Typically, yes. Reliever inhalers are used to treat asthma symptoms as and when they develop, but they’re not used to manage the condition. And this is where a preventer inhaler comes in. Preventer inhalers help you to build up protection from symptoms on a daily basis. They contain a low-dose steroid called corticosteroids that restrict inflammation and swelling in your airways. You use a preventer inhaler every day to get this protection, even if your asthma is well controlled.
We can talk you through reliever and preventer inhalers during your consultation, and decide if you would benefit from being prescribed both a reliever and a preventer inhaler for asthma.