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What are the types of asthma medications?

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There are two main types of asthma treatment, each geared toward a specific goal.

  • Controller medications are the most important. They prevent asthma attacks. When you use these drugs, your airways are less inflamed and less likely to react to triggers.
  • Quick-relief medications -- also called rescue medications -- relax the muscles around your airway. If you have to use a rescue medication more than twice a week, your asthma isn’t well-controlled. If you have exercise-induced asthma you may use a quick-acting med called a beta-agonist before a workout.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "AAAAI Allergy & Asthma Medication Guide." 

American Academy of Family Physicians: Family Doctor: "Asthma: Learning to Control Your Symptoms." 

American Lung Association: "Asthma Medicines."

FDA News Release. “FDA approves Cinqair to treat severe asthma.”

Medline Plus: "Asthma." 

Boehringer Ingelheim: "US FDA Expands Approval of Tiotropium Respimat® for Maintenance Treatment of Asthma in Children."

FDA. Prescribing Information: Spiriva Respimat.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 11, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "AAAAI Allergy & Asthma Medication Guide." 

American Academy of Family Physicians: Family Doctor: "Asthma: Learning to Control Your Symptoms." 

American Lung Association: "Asthma Medicines."

FDA News Release. “FDA approves Cinqair to treat severe asthma.”

Medline Plus: "Asthma." 

Boehringer Ingelheim: "US FDA Expands Approval of Tiotropium Respimat® for Maintenance Treatment of Asthma in Children."

FDA. Prescribing Information: Spiriva Respimat.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 11, 2019

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