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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
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 very 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?
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
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
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
Albuterol: Albuterol is a type of beta-agonist. It acts by activating beta receptors in lungs which results in dilation and easier breathing. It can also speed up the heart rate because of its beta receptor effects. It has no steroidal activity. However, both bronchodilators and steroids are used in treatment of asthma. ...Read more
So allergic rhinitis is aggrivating my asthma horribly and making my lungs very hypersensitive. What is the best medicine for rhinitis/asthma?
Treat both nose/lung: Using an antihistamine and a nasal corticosteroid spray for the nose . Using controller medications for lungs (ics spray, montelucast tablet and if severe an ics/laba combo inhaler) treatment before the allergic exposure works better. See your doctor so he can discuss these options with you. ...Read more
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Yes, beta blockers: Beta agents relax airways and are used to treat asthma. Beta blockers are a group of drugs used primarily by heart and thyroid doctors that block this relaxing of the airways and can cause wheezing; the effect is not permanent and the wheezing will resolve if the beta blocker is stopped. ...Read more
Not particularly: Since I am not schooled in their methods I can not recommend their use.However, as long as you try it in addition to normally accepted treatments I find no reason to discard it altogether. Chronic conditions often push us to look for new ideas. Understanding that asthma is based in a genetic or acquired lifelong tendency is hard to accept. ...Read more
Is symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) a good medicine to treat mid asthma with just deficit of 15% percent of breath? I'm fearing having colateral effects, i'm just 23.
Good med...: Because it is inhaled, very little of this med actually goes systemic so there are very few systemic side effects. Asthma has inflammation as well as bronchospasm so inhaled steroids are used to decrease the inflammation. Be sure to rinse and spit after each use of this inhaler to avoid oral thrush, a fungal mouth problem. ...Read more
Hoarse cough Shortness of breath since 2 days early in the morning when im sleeping. Goes away after taking cough medicine after an hr.asthma?
May be: or airway hypersensitivity, also check your sinuses, cough medicine would help momentarily, check with an allergist if you have a specialist around, but start with your regular doctor, you will need a bronchodilator to help your cough first, and other controller medicine might be needed in addition to treating any other condition like sinusitis, good luck ...Read more
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