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What kinds of medicines other than inhalers are used for asthma?

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Dr. Andrew Carroll
Dr. Andrew Carrollanswered
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Tablets: There are various oral medications used to control asthma, but none are really indicated first or second line. You are best off treating the disease at the organ--inhaled meds deliver medications to the lungs. Singulair (montelukast) is a pill which stops the inflammatory pathway that contributes to asthma. Sometimes, oral or injected steroids are used to stop asthma symptoms.
Dr. Lorne Campbell Sr.
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: Multiple medications are available for management of asthma. However these medicatioons are used only when inhaled medications fail.If you are having difficulty using an inhaler talk with your doctor about using a spacer. Spacers make it much easier to use inhaled medications and make the medication more effective.
Dr. Sarkis Banipalsin
Specializes in Family Medicine
Oral, Injectable: Liquid or tablet forms, injectable as well.
Dr. Pierre Semrani
Specializes in Family Medicine
Oral: Asthma describes a state where "allergy" affects the "lungs"; so OTC antihistamines and prescription antiinflammatory are part of the treatment for prevention and maintenance; but when wheezng or shortness of breath occur: "inhalers" are very important...
Dr. Yoram Padeh
Allergy and Immunology 23 years experience
Pills, Injections: While inhalers are the most commonly used treatments for asthma, there are some pills and injections that are available. Pills include oral steroids (e.g. Prednisone), leukotriene receptor antagonists (ltra, e.g. Singulair), and theophylline. Injections are generally steroids and are typically used in hospital settings.
Dr. Kevin Considine
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Yes: There are several other medicartions that are helpful for asthma especially the extrinsic or allergy mediated kinds of asthma. Examples of this would be antihistamines, singulair, (montelukast) steroids orally when needed.
Last updated Jan 12, 2015

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