Asthma medications can be categorized into a few general drug groups. Members within each group are considered more or less interchangeable. Here is a summary of the common medications used in asthma treatment.
Ipratropium bromide (pronounced as “i-pra-TROE-pee-um”) is an inhalation solution that belongs to the drug class of bronchodilators. Atrovent is one of the brand names of ipratropium bromide. Common Uses Ipratropium bromide is indicated as a bronchodilator for maintenance treatment of bronchospasm associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. It may also be … Read more
Albuterol sulfate (pronounced as “al-BYOO-ter-ole”) is an inhalation solution. Some of the brand names of albuterol sulfate include Proventil and Ventolin. This asthma medication belongs to the drug class of bronchodilators. Common Uses Albuterol sulfate relaxes the smooth muscle in the lungs and dilates airways to improve breathing. The inhaler enables the drug to reach deep … Read more
If you have asthma, COPD (Chronic-Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), emphysema or other respiratory ailments, your doctor has probably prescribed one or more of these common types of aerosol medications or respiratory medicine. These aerosol medications can help relieve symptoms, making it easier for you to breathe and cope with your condition. Understanding the Different Types of … Read more
Cromolyn sodium is a unique medication with anti-inflammatory effects in the lungs. If taken regularly, it is capable of decreasing asthma symptoms.
Chronic inflammation is the major component of persistent asthma. Corticosteroids are remarkably effective in suppressing the inflammation of asthma, thereby, controlling the disease. The development of inhaled corticosteroids is one of the greatest advancements in the treatment of asthma. Often, it is the only medication required on a daily basis. Drug Action Corticosteroids decrease … Read more
Beta 2 Agonists are bronchodilators. They relax smooth muscles around the bronchial tubes allowing air to move more freely.
Antihistamines may have some beneficial effects in the treatment of asthma. But the benefits are very small compared with more established medications.
Anticholinergics are drugs have been used for centuries in herbal remedies for asthma. Newer versions of this drug have resolved previous side effects.
Oral steroids are very effective in treating asthma. Despite their effectiveness, oral corticosteroids carry the risk of side effects, if taken long term.