Some common short-acting beta-agonist asthma inhalers include Proventil HFA, Ventolin HFA, ProAir HFA and Xopenex, according to WebMD. Long-acting beta-agonist asthma inhalers include Serevent, Foradil, Symbicort, Dulera and Advair. DuoNeb and Combivent inhalers combine a bronchodilator with albuterol.
Bronchodilator asthma inhalers work by widening the airways to ease symptoms of asthma, notes WebMD. Some symptoms relieved by both long- and short-acting asthma inhalers include coughing, shortness of breath and wheezing. Inhalers come in two general formats: metered dose and dry powder. Metered-dose inhalers are handheld aerosol canisters with medication that the patient breathes in deeply during use. Dry powder inhalers work similarly, but require quicker and deeper breathing, making them difficult to use during asthma attacks.