Asthma treatment service

Asthma is a condition characterized by an overactive immune system in the bronchioles of the lungs. When the bronchiole lining becomes inflamed (as in asthma), the width of the tube narrows significantly. This results in asthmatic 'wheezes'. Inhalable steroid anti-inflammatory agents suppress this inflammatory process (also called preventer inhalers). Exposure to a cold or flu virus, or to cigarette smoke, for example, may trigger asthma.

How to choose your inhaler

  • The blue inhalers (sometimes referred to as 'reliever' or 'rescue' inhalers) are universally accepted. This relaxes the muscle, reducing its impact on the tube. It takes between 10 and 15 minutes to work. However, the relief inhaler's effect lasts just 3 to 5 hours.
  • The brown (or, on rare occasions, tan) inhalers contain steroid medication and are used to treat the inflamed bronchial lining. They are referred to as 'Preventer' inhalers.
  • Unlike blue inhalers, steroids take many days, if not weeks, to take effect. In comparison to the reliever inhaler, they have a duration of days to weeks rather than three to five hours.
  • Asthma may be effectively treated with modern inhalation therapies that have a little or no effect on your quality of life. To manage asthma effectively, you must use steroid inhalers.
  • Because the inhaled doses used to control asthma are far lower, there are no significant long-term adverse effects.

Between 40 and 50 individuals die each year in Ireland as a result of acute asthma attacks. Take caution while using the BLUE inhaler. Increased use indicates that your asthma control is poor and that you may need to raise the dosage of your steroid inhalers. Even if you use the blue inhaler seldom (less than three times per week), you may need to add a course of steroids for several weeks to get your asthma under control.

Request Treatment

This service allows you to request a treatment from our doctors. You will be asked a series of questions related to the treatment, after which you will be asked to pay a fee of €20. To proceed, select the required dosage and click on "Start Consultation".

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Before we prescribe you the required medication, we would like to check if this product is suitable for you. Once you fill in the questionnaire, one of our doctors will assess the answers. It will only take you up to 5 minutes to fill in the questionnaire. Once completed our doctors will assess the request and send the prescription directly to the pharmacy of your choice. Our prescriptions can be used in any Irish pharmacy. We offer a 100% refund if our doctors do not deem you suitable for this service.

We kindly ask you to be honest when you provide your answers. Contact your GP if you are unsure or need to verify any information.

If our doctors deem that we cannot prescribe the medication safely via online consultation, then you will receive a full refund and the assessing doctor will give your further advise.

Please confirm that you are 18 years or above and the prescription request is for yourself only.

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Symptoms may include:
  • Fever
  • Increased coughing with or without sputum
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling Wheezy
  • Chest pain
  • Feeling hot and cold
  • Sweating
  • Lethargy (feeling excessively tired)
  • Cold and flu

We use this questionnaire to check how good your asthma is controlled. This will help us give you further advise.

  • I completely understand all of the questions and information presented. I shall contact Eirdoc if I am unsure about any part of the service before proceeding.
  • I am aware of the treatment's adverse effects, efficacy, and alternatives; and I am aware of the necessity of informing my GP about any drugs or advice I may obtain from this service so that they can continue to offer safe medical care.
  • I have answered honestly and supplied complete and correct information that matches my current medical history and information, allowing the doctor to assess and advise me securely.
  • I understand and am aware of the treatment's adverse effects, efficacy, and alternatives.
  • I understand that my GP needs to know about the any drug or advise obtained via this online platform to continue safe medical care.
  • I have read, understand, and agreed to the most recent terms and conditions, as well as the privacy policy.
Prescription Delivery
You will be contacted to arrange the home delivery. Orders usually take 1-2 working days to be delivered anywhere in the Republic of Ireland.
Delivery charges are as follows (to be paid when you are contacted to arrange the delivery):
Orders over €40: €2.95
Orders under €40: €4.95