, Volume 168, Supplement 1, pp 645–652 | Cite as

Inhalation delivery of asthma drugs

  • Heinrich Matthys
Development Of Inhalation Therapy


In the immediate future, metered-dose inhalers (MDIs) with spacers remain the aerosol application of choice for topical steroids, mainly to reduce side effects. Forβ 2-agonist, anticholinergics and prophylactic drugs, MDI (with or without demand valve), dry powder inhalers (multidose inhalers), ultrasonic or jet aerosol generators (with or without mechanical breathing assistance [IPPB]) are chosen according to the preference or the ability of the patients to perform the necessary breathing maneuvers as well as the availability of different products in different countries.

Key words

Metered-dose inhalers Topical steroids β2-agonist Anticholinergics Prophylactic drugs 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heinrich Matthys
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  1. 1.Division of Pneumology, Medical DepartmentUniversity of FreiburgFreiburgFederal Republic of Germany

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