Inhaler types and their uses

Depending on where you look, there are said to be two or three major types of asthma inhalers. 

Some health professional insist there are two types…and even those that agree that there are two main types disagree on the categorisation! Some say that the two types of inhalers are – Preventer inhalers and Emergency inhalers.  Others say the two main types of inhalers are: Metered dose inhalers (MDIs) and Dry powder inhalers. And yet, some other health professionals suggest that there are three types (or classes) of inhalers – preventer inhalers, emergency inhalers and combination inhalers!

All in all, it’s safe to say, there are so many types of inhalers available to treat your asthma condition and you should check out what your doctors have prescribed and ask questions if you don’t understand why you have been prescribed the particular type of inhalers you have.


We tried our best to see if we could summarise the types of inhalers and eventually decided to go with these definition of inhaler types. Check out these websites:

                                       Mayo Clinic  and Asthma org

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