Short-Acting Beta Agonist medications (SABAs) are the medications that are taken by the patients, suffering from asthma. Such medications are intended to relieve the attacks of asthma and bronchospasms very quickly. They are considered to be rescue medicines, as they help to treat sudden symptoms of asthma.
Short- Acting Beta Agonist asthma drugs are the rescue medications, which are indicated for the relieving of the symptoms of asthma in a short period of time. Such medications can relieve such symptoms as coughing, breath shortness, breathing problems and wheezing. The action of Short- Acting Beta Agonist medications begins in several minutes after taking the medication, the symptoms of asthma begin to relieve and the patient feels better. These medications work by relieving the muscle bands bronchospasm in the airways. They help to widen the airways and open them. By the way the medications help much more air to reach the lungs and to improve the process of breathing.
SABA drugs are not able to relieve the breathing tubes inflammation and swelling, which may occur within people, who suffer from asthma. The inflammation of the breathing tubes is not controlled properly if you have to take SABA medications very often. In this case, continuous taking of the medications can be dangerous for your health and you should consult your doctor about the medications you take and about the symptoms you experience.
Usually SABA medications are intended to be used with the help of inhalers, which are equipped with the dose counter. They can be taken in the form of a nebulizer solution. It is also possible to take the medication solution orally, but this way of the drug intake may cause more side effects and is considered to be less effective. When taking these medications in prescribed doses and in a right way, then the possibility of the occurrence of side effects is minimal.
Taking SABA drugs may cause the occurrence of some possible side effects. The possible side effects, which may be caused by the SABA drugs intake, include: shakiness, nervousness, heartbeat disorder. They usually stop, when the necessary medication is inhaled. If after taking the medication you don’t observe the relieving of your symptoms for a long time, then you should seek medical help immediately. Perhaps, your medication does not work, which can be very dangerous for you.
Remember, that SABA medications are of a short action and they usually work quickly. These medications are not used for the prevention of the airways inflammation. Usually, they should be taken twice a week. If you need to take these medications more than twice a week, then you should immediately consult your doctor.
Before taking any medications, be sure, that they are suitable for you and safe for your health. Tell your doctor about all the illnesses that you experienced in a recent time and tell about all the drugs you are taking or stop taking in this period. Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning a pregnancy, or if you are breastfeeding a child.
If you suffer from asthma, then it is recommended always to have your necessary medications with you every day, because the bronchospasm and an asthma attack may happen in any moment. While taking the medications, strictly follow your doctor’s advice and the instructions for a proper use. Always keep you inhaler clean and store your medications in a clean, dry, dark place, out of the reach of children, away from the heat and from the fire.