Online asthma management with a doctor you choose

Asthma is common and can be easily managed online, in most cases. Partner with your HealthTap doctor to treat your asthma symptoms, manage your asthma medications online, and create health goals to feel better.

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How to get asthma medication online

Your HealthTap doctor can conduct a virtual visit and if necessary, order tests and/or prescribe asthma medication online - all without you having to leave the comfort of your home.*

  1. Subscribe to HealthTap and save on virtual visits and prescriptions.
  2. Start a virtual visit with a HealthTap doctor licensed in your state.
  3. Discuss your medical symptoms or concerns with your HealthTap doctor.
  4. If your doctor recommends an inhaler prescription for you, we will send your prescription to the local or mail-order pharmacy of your choice.
  5. HealthTap shows the best local prices in your area, saving our members an average of 69% on prescription medications.
*If lab tests are ordered, you can make an in-person visit to one of our partner labs to do the tests and pay the lab fees.

While there is no cure for asthma, symptoms can be treated and managed with primary care doctors at HealthTap.

Geoffrey Rutledge

Geoffrey Rutledge, MD, PhD, FACMI

Cofounder and Chief Medical Officer, HealthTap

Frequently asked questions

Is asthma dangerous?

In some cases, asthma attacks can be dangerous and even life threatening if not treated in time. You should not wait for a mild asthma attack to go away on its own but instead speak to your doctor to make a plan and manage your asthma online. For a moderate or worse asthma attack, seek in-person emergency care.

What are common signs of an asthma attack?

The most common symptoms of asthma include:

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing (noisy breathing)
  • Difficulty talking
  • Panic and anxiety
  • Chest pain
  • Pale skin and sweating
  • Blue lips and fingernails

How do I know if I have asthma?

Asthma has to be diagnosed by a doctor, and the good news is HealthTap is here to help. A great first step is to book an online appointment with one of our primary care doctors. They will review your medical history and ask you some questions about your symptoms, health conditions or allergies, as well as any medications you are taking. Then, if needed they are able to order further tests and prescribe asthma medication online.

How can I reduce the chances of having an asthma attack?

A few actions you can take to reduce the chances of having an asthma attack include:

  • Speak to your doctor about what can trigger an attack and avoid those things when possible
  • Avoid smoking
  • Get a flu shot every year
  • Take any long-term (preventative) asthma medications your doctor prescribes

How can I help relieve the symptoms of an asthma attack?

In addition to using your prescribed asthma inhaler, ways to help relieve the symptoms of an asthma attack include:

  • Take slow, deep breaths
  • Sit up straight
  • Stay calm
  • Drink warm liquids

How is asthma treated?

The two most common types of asthma treatment are medications to prevent an asthma attack and medications to take if you have an asthma attack. These asthma medications can come as an inhaler, pill, nebulizer solution, or oral liquid form.

Can I get an inhaler online without seeing a doctor?

There are some asthma medications that can be bought over the counter, but there is a risk of side effects and they may not be to best or right medication for you. With HealthTap it is quick, easy, and affordable to set up on an online appointment to speak with a doctor. Our primary care doctors will assess your symptoms and medical history, and if necessary, have the correct medications prescribed to you.

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Asthma medications may include:

  • Albuterol inhaler (Ventolin, Proventil)
  • Anticholinergic inhaler - ipratropium bromide (Atrovent)
  • Corticosteroid inhaler - beclomethasone (Qvar), fluticasone (Flovent)
  • Combination inhaler - Advair, Dulera, Symbicort
  • Montelukast (Singulair)
  • Theophylline
  • Mometasone
  • Fluticasone
  • Beclomethasone
  • Symbicort
  • Corticosteroid
  • Cromolyn
  • Budesonide

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Geoffrey Rutledge, MD, PhD, FACMI

Cofounder and Chief Medical Officer, HealthTap

Dr. Rutledge is a double-board certified physician who practiced and taught medicine for more than 25 years. He attended medical school at McGill University in Montreal, then completed residency training in Internal Medicine at UCSD, and was certified by the boards of Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine. He earned a PhD in medical computer science from Stanford, was an NIH-funded researcher, and served on clinical and teaching faculty at Harvard, Stanford, and UCSD medical schools. Before co-founding HealthTap, he created the first consumer health website and PHR at Healtheon/WebMD, was SVP of clinical transformation at First Consulting Group, CMIO at San Mateo Medical Center, and EVP, Product Development and Chief Medical Officer at Epocrates.