Anticholinergic bronchodilators are medicines used to treat breathing problems caused by asthma. This medicine is called a controller medicine because when it is taken regularly every day, it helps to control symptoms.
Anticholinergic medicine used alone does not treat sudden, severe breathing problems. It does not give quick relief of wheezing in acute attacks. For acute attacks, your child needs a different type of medicine called a reliever.
Sometimes this medicine is combined with other types of breathing medicine to treat sudden symptoms. It is also used when your child cannot take other types of medicine to help his breathing.
Asthma symptoms are caused by 2 different problems in the airways:
Asthma symptoms often start after your child is exposed to a trigger. Asthma triggers can include pollen, animals, mold, colds, exercise, cold air, and air pollutants. It is important to know what things trigger your child’s asthma symptoms so that your child can avoid those things or take reliever medicine before being around a trigger.
Asthma symptoms come and go throughout the day or week and get better with medicine.
Anticholinergic medicines help breathing problems because they block one of the chemicals in the body that make your child’s airway muscles tight. When the airway muscles are more relaxed and less tight, your child will have fewer symptoms and be able to breathe better. Anticholinergic medicine also lowers the amount of mucus made in the airways.
The medicine can be taken in different ways. For example:
If you have any questions, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for more information. Be sure to keep all appointments for provider visits or tests.