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What is in an asthma medication anyway?

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Dr. Joshua Davidson
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
6 doctors agree

In brief: It depends

It depends on the type of medication.
Asthma rescue medications typically contain albuterol, a medication that relaxes smooth muscles that can tighten and narrow the airways. Other asthma medications contain anti-inflammatory compounds like inhaled steroids, while others work by stabilizing specific "allergy" cells called mast cells. There are many different types of asthma medications!

In brief: It depends

It depends on the type of medication.
Asthma rescue medications typically contain albuterol, a medication that relaxes smooth muscles that can tighten and narrow the airways. Other asthma medications contain anti-inflammatory compounds like inhaled steroids, while others work by stabilizing specific "allergy" cells called mast cells. There are many different types of asthma medications!
Dr. Joshua Davidson
Dr. Joshua Davidson
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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Steroid or beta

Inhaled asthma medications consist of a few drug classes: inhaled steroids (to reduce airway inflammation), a beta agonist (to relax the muscles in the airway), mast cell stabilizers (cromolyn sodium, which keeps allergic reactions from getting out of control), leukotriene receptor agonists (which keep allergic reactions down as well), anticholingerics, and oral steroids.

In brief: Steroid or beta

Inhaled asthma medications consist of a few drug classes: inhaled steroids (to reduce airway inflammation), a beta agonist (to relax the muscles in the airway), mast cell stabilizers (cromolyn sodium, which keeps allergic reactions from getting out of control), leukotriene receptor agonists (which keep allergic reactions down as well), anticholingerics, and oral steroids.
Dr. William Walsh
Dr. William Walsh
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