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Doctor insights on: Over The Counter Inhalers For Asthma

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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 over-the-counter med is for bronchial asthma?

What over-the-counter med is for bronchial asthma?

None really. : Optimum treatment of your asthma requires that we measure your lung fuction objectively, then develop a treatment plan that you can understand and execute on your own. Many asthma meds can be harmful if used indiscriminately or incorrectly, and your doctor can help you understand how to use them. Hence, they are not available without a prescription. Primatine was basically inhaled adrenalin. ...Read more

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Which over-the-counter medications exist for bronchial asthma?

Which over-the-counter medications exist for bronchial asthma?

Not too many: I believe there is only one inhalation drug presently on the us market without a prescription. If your asthma is allergy related, there are numerous antihistamines available. As always do not take anything without first talking it over with your physician. ...Read more

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Are over-the-counter remedies good for the control of catarrh in children with asthma?

Are over-the-counter remedies good for the control of catarrh in children with asthma?

No: Catarrh (meaning inflammation and thick discharge) in children with asthma may be part of the normal asthmatic process, and should be treated with preventative, anti-inflammatory controller medications if it occurs frequently or persistently. These are only available by rx in the us. It also often can be from a secondary infection-sinusitis or bronchitis and may need treatment with a antibiotic. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is there any over-the-counter asthma relief medicine i can get for a steam nebulizer?

Can you tell me is there any over-the-counter asthma relief medicine i can get for a steam nebulizer?

OTC Asthma Medicine: None that is really effective that I am aware of. A form of Epinephrine nebulizer a rescue inhaler, is available. It comes with its own nebulizer. Compared to albuterol, Epinephrine is half potent. ...Read more

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Are there any over-the-counter treatments for asthma in adults?

Are there any over-the-counter treatments for asthma in adults?

Unfortunately no: Currently there are no safe, effective treatments available over the counter for treatment of asthma. If you are experiencing frequent symptoms of asthma (symptoms of cough, wheeze, chest tightness, shortness of breath) more than 2x week, you should seek out a medical professional as this is a potentially dangerous condition. ...Read more

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What over-the-counter drugs will treat symptoms associated with cough variant asthma?

What over-the-counter drugs will treat symptoms associated with cough variant asthma?

None: You need to see your doctor regarding this. Many people with cough-variant asthma actually needs a controller drug such as low-dose inhaled steroid or singulair (montelukast) to control the cough. Cough medicine is not recommended. ...Read more

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What over the counter vitamin can help with inflammation for asthma?

What over the counter vitamin can help with inflammation for asthma?

None: Asthma is a chronic lung condition with an inflammation of airway. This inflammation is best controlled by inhaled steroid. From dietary source, fish oil has an antiinflammatory effect. ...Read more

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Any over-the-counter asthma relief medicine? Cant go to DR until 2 weeks and need something to get me by. Not bad enough for an ER visit.

Any over-the-counter asthma relief medicine? Cant go to DR until 2 weeks and need something to get me by. Not bad enough for an ER visit.

OTC Asthma Rx: Inhalers with CFC that could damage the ozone have been taken off the market as of 2012. There are nasal steroid sprays that may help, antihistamines if your asthma has an allergic-component, and epinephrine nebulized solutions. http://www.asthmanefrin.com/2012/nephron-announces-asthmanefrin-an-alternative-to-primatene-mist.html ...Read more

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Dr. Shah Chowdhury
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Inhaler (Definition)

It is a type of medication delivery system used to inhale aerosolized medications. The most well know of this is ...Read more