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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
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
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
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
There are Controller MAEDICTIONS which some patients have to take every day to keep Asthma under control
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
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
Inhalers are meds: Todays approach to treating asthma incorporates advances in medication delivery with inhalers and treatment modification based on response. Generally you would have one daily inhaler, a steroid, that works to keep your lung tissue stable/avoid irritation. You would also have a beta agonist-rescue inhaler for events. When you respond to this plan, youwould not need oral meds. ...Read more
Bronchodilators: Usually for mild intermittent astma only a bronchodilator inhaler may be enough. While persistent or moderate severe asthma will need a steroid inhaler. Avoiding smoking and enviroments that provoke asthma. Acute exacerbations may require oral steroids. Hydration is also important ...Read more
What is the best medicine for asthma. Iam using aerolin inhaler almost 5 to 7 puffs daily with one tablet pulmikast.
Each one to his own: For moderate to severe asthma, the medication usually includes an inhaled steroid and a long-acting bronchodilator. At times, singulair (montelukast) is also used. After that a trial of an anti-ige (allergy antibody) product may be considered. There is no single best treatment and thus it needs be tailored. Allergen avoidance is very important. See an allergist. ...Read more
Been on inhaled corticosteroids for 5yrs worse breathing issues now than before. Can these medicines worsen asthma/increase responsiveness to triggers?
Category C: Seretide is a combination inhaled steroid and long-acting beta agonist used for the treatment of persistent asthma. While this med is category c meaning risks of the medication cannot be ruled out, the most important aspect of treating asthma in pregnancy is gaining asthma control. Uncontrolled or severe asthma attacks can be potentially harmful to fetus. This risk is higher than the med risk. ...Read more
Can you tell me is there any homeopathy medicine for asthma associated with sever allergic symptoms such as cold, sneezing, etc?
Yes, there are: Yes, there are over 500 homeopathic medicines (remedies) that help with various forms of asthma. However, to select the one most likely to help you, you need to let an experienced homeopath evaluate your case. To do this, s/he will be exploring for unique, individual symptoms and looking at you in a comprehensive way. For homeopathic md's and do's: http://www.Homeopathyusa. Org/. ...Read more
Narrowing of the airways is the resultat of not taking medicine for asthma for several years. Does this narrowing show on ct?
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
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
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
What to do if I dislike taking my medicine for my asthma even though it's 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
I don't like taking my medicine for my asthma even though it's 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
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, its 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
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
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
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
ADVAIR DISKUS: Combination of inhaled corticosteroid and salmeterol, along acting beta2-agonist are used in asthma and copd. Possible se may increase death from asthma patients. COPD has increase risk of pneumonia. Other se are allergic reactions, increase bp, tremor, glaucoma and cataracts, slow grouth in children. ...Read more
I just noticed I've been using Pulmicort asthma medicine 3 times today instead of 2. What should I do now?
Decrease to 2: Pulmicort is an inhaled corticosteroid that is used to control underlying airway inflammation in patients with asthma. The typical use is twice daily. If your symptoms are under good control and you've been using it 3 times a day, you can decrease to 2 times a day. Of course, you should check with the physician that originally prescribed it to you. ...Read more