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Medications for Asthma, acute

Other names: Acute Asthma; Asthma with Status Asthmaticus

What is Asthma, acute:  Asthma is an inflammatory disorder of the airways, characterized by periodic attacks of wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing. When an asthma attack occurs, the lining of the air passages swell and the muscles surrounding the airways become tight, thus reducing the amount of air that can pass through the airway.

Medications to treat Asthma, acute

The following list of medications are in some way related to, or used in the treatment of this condition.

Drug name Rx / OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol Reviews Rating Popularity
albuterol Rx C N 50 reviews
5.0

Generic name: albuterol systemic

Brand names:  ProAir HFA, Ventolin, Ventolin HFA, Proventil HFA, AccuNeb, ProAir RespiClick, Vospire ER

Drug class: adrenergic bronchodilators

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
prednisolone Rx C N 4 reviews
8.0

Generic name: prednisolone systemic

Brand names:  Prelone, Millipred, Millipred DP, Orapred ODT, PediaPred, Veripred 20

Drug class: glucocorticoids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
methylprednisolone Rx C N 7 reviews
8.0

Generic name: methylprednisolone systemic

Brand names:  Medrol, MethylPREDNISolone Dose Pack, Solu-Medrol, Medrol Dosepak, Depo-Medrol

Drug class: glucocorticoids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
epinephrine Rx/OTC C N 7 reviews
9.0

Generic name: epinephrine systemic

Brand names:  Adrenalin, Adrenaclick, Adrenalin Chloride

Drug class: vasopressors, adrenergic bronchodilators, catecholamines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
hydrocortisone Rx C N Add review Add

Generic name: hydrocortisone systemic

Brand names:  Cortef, Solu-Cortef, A-Hydrocort

Drug class: glucocorticoids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
theophylline Rx C N 3 reviews
6.0

Generic name: theophylline systemic

Brand names:  Elixophyllin, Theo-24, Theochron

Drug class: methylxanthines

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

 
dexamethasone Rx C N Add review Add

Generic name: dexamethasone systemic

Brand names:  Decadron, Dexamethasone Intensol, Baycadron, De-Sone LA, Dexacen-4, Dexasone, Dexasone LA, Dexpak Taperpak, Solurex, Solurex LA, Zema Pak, Zonacort

Drug class: glucocorticoids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
levalbuterol Rx C N 7 reviews
9.0

Generic name: levalbuterol systemic

Brand names:  Xopenex, Xopenex HFA, Xopenex Concentrate

Drug class: adrenergic bronchodilators

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
terbutaline Rx B N 2 reviews
9.0

Generic name: terbutaline systemic

Drug class: adrenergic bronchodilators, tocolytic agents

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
aminophylline Rx C N Add review Add

Generic name: aminophylline systemic

Drug class: methylxanthines

For consumers: interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

 
ephedrine Rx C N 1 review
5.0

Generic name: ephedrine systemic

Drug class: vasopressors, decongestants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
isoproterenol Off Label Rx C N 2 reviews
10

Generic name: isoproterenol systemic

Drug class: vasopressors, adrenergic bronchodilators, catecholamines

For consumers: interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph

Off Label: Yes

 
metaproterenol Rx C N Add review
8.0

Generic name: metaproterenol systemic

Drug class: adrenergic bronchodilators

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information

 
racepinephrine Rx/OTC N N 11 reviews
7.0

Generic name: racepinephrine systemic

Brand names:  Asthmanefrin, S2 Inhalant

Drug class: adrenergic bronchodilators

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

 

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Off Label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
Prescription Only / Over the Counter
Rx Prescription Only
OTC Over the Counter
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over the Counter
Pregnancy
A Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
B Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
C Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
D There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
X Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act Schedule
N Is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 Has a high potential for abuse. Has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
2 Has a high potential for abuse. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 Has a potential for abuse less than those in schedules 1 and 2. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 3. It has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 3.
5 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 4. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

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