PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

What do I need to know about asthma medications?

ANSWER

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

  • Controller medications are the most important because 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. People who have exercise-induced asthma may use a quick-acting med called a beta-agonist before a workout.

From: Asthma Medications WebMD Medical Reference

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 6, 2017

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 6, 2017

NEXT QUESTION:

How should you take long-term control asthma medications?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.

    Other Answers On: