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What is medicine for asthma?

What is medicine for asthma?

Many...: There are many medications that can be used for asthma. For acute wheezing episodes - albuterol in the form of nebulized medication or inhaler is the drug of choice. In an acute flare, your physician may also prescribe an oral steroid. When attacks are frequent, a physician will likely consider one of the many controller medications that are meant to be taken daily. Too many to list - talk to doc ...Read more

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Asthma (Definition)

A disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of ...Read more


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What is the medicine for asthma.

What is the medicine for asthma.

Controllers & Rescue: Rescue meds make you feel better right away. Controllers prevent. If you wheeze, use rescue (Albuterol), If you need rescue twice in a wk, add controller (nebulized or inhaler inflammatory steroids (ICS), if mild montelukast). If you have severe episodes that need oral steroids (Prednisone or Prednisolone) then it is safer to use ICS continuously. Step up or step down treatment as symptoms change ...Read more

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What is the medicine for asthma?

What is the medicine for asthma?

Many: Usually divided into 2 groups, controller or preventive and rescue medication. Review the treatment for asthma on the NIH site for asthma. Many people have asthma and they require good control. All the best. There is another good resource on the American Academy of Pediatrics website. ...Read more

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What is the medicine for asthma?

What is the medicine for asthma?

Many options...: Bronchodilators such as albuterol (Ventolin, Proventil) or Xopenex (levalbuterol) enlarge the diameter of the airways to help air flow and mucus come out of the lungs. Patients with cough-variant asthma, exercise-induced asthma, or regular asthma also use steroid inhalers (such as Flovent) to reduce swelling, mucus, and "sensitivity" in the airways. Singulair is an additional medication that can be started. ...Read more

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What is the best asthma medicine?

What is the best asthma medicine?

Corticosteroids: Inhaled corticosteroids such as Flovent (fluticasone), Pulmicort (budesonide), qvar, alvesco, (ciclesonide) advair etc. Are the best medicines for asthma because they treat the underlying cause which is inflammation. If the patient is acutely ill or in the er then these medicines would not be used. First the patient would have to be treated/stabilized with oral corticosteroids and albuterol. ...Read more

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Hi please tell me medicine for asthma?

Hi please tell me medicine for asthma?

CONTROLLER&RELIE: There are Controller MAEDICTIONS which some patients have to take every day to keep Asthma under control
These are
Long Term beta agonists (Long Term Bronchodilaters)
Steroids Inhaled and Leucotrine like Singular
Reiever or Resque Meds
Quick acting Bronchodilaters like Albuterol, Xopenex
Short Course of Steroids
Most meds are given via inhaler or Nebuliser
Except Singular or Oral Steroids ...Read more

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What asthma medicine is most effective?

What asthma medicine is most effective?

The one that works: Asthma treatment is highly specialized. You need to see an allergist to go over your specific symptoms and situation to determine what will work the best for you. ...Read more

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How dangerous are rescue drugs for asthma?

How dangerous are rescue drugs for asthma?

Safe: Albuterol and the other rescue beta-agonists are generally safe. You may get a rapid heart beat. .. But it is better than dying of asthma or suffering. The reason we like to minimize rescue inhalers is that they don't treat the underlying illness - airway inflammation. Inhaled steroids do this well for most sufferers. See your doc for more information. ...Read more

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Hi! Please tell me the medicine for asthma.

Hi! Please tell me the medicine for asthma.

Depends on severity: Asthma severity is classified by how often someone has symptoms. Therapy for mild asthma is inhaled beta-agonists such as albuterol. If albuterol is needed more than twice per week or if symptoms occur at night, a longer acting medicine with corticosteroids with or without long-acting beta agonists is added such as fluticasone or salmeterol+fluticasone. There are many drugs of the same type. ...Read more

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Where can I find cheapest drugs for my asthma?

Where can I find cheapest drugs for my asthma?

Generics if availabl: When available generic inhalers are the cheapest. If you have no insurance, speak with your physician. Many drug companies have an assistance program. You may have to check them out yourself on the internet but it may be worth it. ...Read more

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What medicine would be good to take for my asthma?

What medicine would be good to take for my asthma?

Depends: Of ocurse you will probably need a "rescue" inhaler for attacks. However, you must be properly diagnosed so that the issue of persistentn asthma is ruled out. If not you may need a "controller" steorid inhaler to prevent attacks. Get diagnosed. ...Read more

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How could I best control my asthma without medicine?

How could I best control my asthma without medicine?

Avoid triggers.: In general, desert climate is best for people with asthma. Dust filters, avoiding pets, avoiding crowds may decrease exposure to triggers. If none of this works, consider medications after all; they may prevent airway remodeling and development of emphysema in a setting of persistent uncontrolled asthma. ...Read more

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What is the best asthma medicine for somebody who sings?

What is the best asthma medicine for somebody who sings?

No steroids if sings: Inhaled steroids are def the medications of choice for asthma, but can really make it hard for some singers to sing normally, due to the hoarseness they can cause. Using other drugs like singulair (montelukast) and cromolyn nebs as much as possible and getting allergy shots if allergic can help decrease the need for steroids. Different inhalers cause less hoarseness also--alvesco may be better than qvar, eg. ...Read more

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What can I do to control my asthma naturally without using drugs?

What can I do to control my asthma naturally without using drugs?

Tough question: If your asthma is triggered by an allergy (animal dander, pollen, etc) removing as much of these as possible is a start. Removing rugs, carpeting, enclosing your mattress in an appropriate plastic cover is also a good start. If your asthma is exercise induced, take notice of the temperature outside when you exercise and have an attack. To be without a "resuce" inhaler is probably not a good idea ...Read more

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How to cure my asthma? Not taking the symptoms away with drugs, but to cure it.

How to cure my asthma? Not taking the symptoms away with drugs, but to cure it.

Asthma: Unfortunately there is no cure for asthma, but your best chance to reverse your allergies that may trigger your asthma is to get allergen desensitization. It should provide you long term relief of your symptoms and minimize your dependence on medications. See an allergist. ...Read more

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What did we use against asthma in the 1940s-50s? Do we still use the same medicines?

What did we use against asthma in the 1940s-50s? Do we still use the same medicines?

EphedrinAdrenalinThe: There are three drugs used in 40s and50s
Adrenalin injection has been used for acute asthma attacks
Ephedrine which was used in china in 20s&30s has been used in west in oral form
Theophylline oral
IV Aminophyline for acute attacks
All these drugs are not used routinely any more these days ...Read more

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I'm in long term medication for my asthma, if I ran out of those medicine can u guys prescribed.?

I'm in long term medication for my asthma, if I ran out of those medicine can u guys prescribed.?

Not this site: This is the public HT site for general medical information, not diagnosis, treatment or personal consultation. The concierge site, HT prime has some of these features. I wouldn't plan on prescription refills when/if you are not located in the US in a state where the doc is licensed to prescribe. ...Read more

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My fiance moved here from germany, and she was unable to bring her asthma medicine. How can she receive it?

My fiance moved here from germany, and she was unable to bring her asthma medicine. How can she receive it?

Same stuff new names: Most, if not all, medications used to treat asthma in Germany, Europe & around the world are available in the USA & Canada. They may have different trade names but they're usually made by the same pharmaceutical companies. If she has her old inhalers show them to her allergist or pulmonologist. It should be easy to figure out what she was taking & provide her with equivalent medications. ...Read more

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What to do if I dislike taking my medicine for my asthma even though its a matter of life and death for me?

What to do if I dislike taking my medicine for my asthma even though its a matter of life and death for me?

Very common problem: You are not alone in this. Many asthmatics dislike taking their meds. However, as you say, it very well may be a matter of life or death. Keep in mind that the inhaled drugs you use are the cornerstone to your treatment. Their minimal absorption into your blood stream make them a very good choice since adverse reactions are reduced.
Good Luck. ...Read more

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I don't like taking my medicine for my asthma even though its a matter of life and death for me! Any sugestions?

I don't like taking my medicine for my asthma even though its a matter of life and death for me! Any sugestions?

Psych counselling: I agree with dr ferguson's suggestion that you get some counseling. On the other hand, compliance with medication when one has little or low symptoms is quite low and thus you are not alone on this. I think it is time for you to consult an allergist who may be help you to avoid the triggers for asthma and even consider allergy shots which may reduce your medications in the long run. Now take it. ...Read more

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What will happen if I stop using my controller medicine for my asthma and when will I know my asthma is starting to get worse again?

What will happen if I stop using my controller medicine for my asthma and when will I know my asthma is starting to get worse again?

More frequent attack: If you have persistent asthma and use a controller, it's primary function is to reduce the number of attacks you experience. This will probably increase if you stop the controller without consulting your physician first. You will know its starting to get worse by the number of attacks you experience as well as their severity. Talk it over with your physician. ...Read more

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What drugs treat bronchial asthma?

What drugs treat bronchial asthma?

CONTROLLER&RELIEVER: There are Controller MAEDICTIONS which some patients have to take every day to keep Asthma under control
These are
Long Term beta agonists (Long Term Bronchodilaters)
Steroids Inhaled and Leucotrine like Singular
Reiever or Resque Meds
Quick acting Bronchodilaters like Albuterol, Xopenex
Short Course of Steroids
Most meds are given via inhaler or Nebuliser
Except Singular or Oral Steroids ...Read more

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Is natural medicine good for asthma?

Is natural medicine good for asthma?

No: Asthma is dangerous, can cause long lasting damage and death. Medications available are effective, no need to take such serious risk. ...Read more

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What asthma medicine is without side effects?

None: The side effects of asthma meds depend on their types. Albuterol can increase heart rate, cause shakiness; singulair (montelukast) may be related to mood changes; and inhaled steroid can potentially have small increase chances of diabetes, osteoporosis, cataracts. Overall, asthma medicines are very safe to take. But asthma itself can be dangerous. It is always a balance of benifit and risk. ...Read more

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Will sympathomimetic drugs help someone with asthma?

Will sympathomimetic drugs help someone with asthma?

Yes they will and do: Yes they can and they do Commonly used is Salmetrol in combination withFluticasone (AdVAIR)
AND SHORT ACTING
Albuterol
Levabuterol
Metaproterenol and Tebutalin
These are used as resque medication for quick relief either through hand held Inhaler or through Nebuliser ...Read more

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What asthma medicine can I take without side effects?

What asthma medicine can I take without side effects?

Side effects...: Unfortunately, all medications have side effects, including asthma meds. See your doctor for the specific side effects of the meds prescribed to you. ...Read more

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What kind of medicine works best for children's asthma?

What kind of medicine works best for children's asthma?

Pediatric asthma: All children with asthma should receive albuterol for quick relief of symptoms. Nih asthma guidelines suggest, children 0-4 years old with persistent asthma be treated preferably with low doses of inhaled steroids (pulmicort, flovent) or alternatively with singulair (montelukast) or cromolyn. As the severity worsens, higher doses of inhaled steroids are used and combined with singulair (montelukast) or serevent (as advair). ...Read more

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What asthma medicine can I take without negative side effects?

What asthma medicine can I take without negative side effects?

See below: This depends on how you define "bad side effects". All medicines have side effect, some worse than others and depending on the individual. Thus, a testing period is usually done to see how one reacts to the medicines. See you doctor for more info. ...Read more