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Medications for Asthma, Maintenance

Other names: Asthma, Prevention

Asthma is an inflammatory disorder of the airways, characterized by periodic attacks of wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing. . People with moderate to severe asthma may use maintenance medicines on a regular basis to prevent symptoms.

Drugs used to treat Asthma, Maintenance

The medications listed below are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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Drug name Rating Reviews Activity ? Rx/OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol
Advair Diskus 7.7 79 reviews for Advair Diskus to treat Asthma, Maintenance
Rx C N
Generic name:
fluticasone / salmeterol systemic
Drug class:
bronchodilator combinations
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dosage, interactions, side effects
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albuterol 3.2 103 reviews for albuterol to treat Asthma, Maintenance
Rx C N
Generic name:
albuterol systemic
Brand names:
ProAir HFA, Ventolin HFA, Ventolin, Proventil HFA, ProAir RespiClick, ProAir Digihaler, Vospire ER
Drug class:
adrenergic bronchodilators
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
Symbicort 6.4 153 reviews for Symbicort to treat Asthma, Maintenance
Rx C N
Generic name:
budesonide / formoterol systemic
Drug class:
bronchodilator combinations
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
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Singulair 7.3 52 reviews for Singulair to treat Asthma, Maintenance
Rx B N
Generic name:
montelukast systemic
Drug class:
leukotriene modifiers
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dosage, interactions, side effects
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montelukast 6.0 112 reviews for montelukast to treat Asthma, Maintenance
Rx B N
Generic name:
montelukast systemic
Brand name:
Singulair
Drug class:
leukotriene modifiers
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
ProAir HFA 3.2 29 reviews for ProAir HFA to treat Asthma, Maintenance
Rx C N
Generic name:
albuterol systemic
Drug class:
adrenergic bronchodilators
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
Xolair 7.4 78 reviews for Xolair to treat Asthma, Maintenance
Rx B N
Generic name:
omalizumab systemic
Drug class:
selective immunosuppressants
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
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Dupixent 7.1 57 reviews for Dupixent to treat Asthma, Maintenance
Rx N
Generic name:
dupilumab systemic
Drug class:
interleukin inhibitors
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
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omalizumab 7.4 79 reviews for omalizumab to treat Asthma, Maintenance
Rx B N
Generic name:
omalizumab systemic
Brand name:
Xolair
Drug class:
selective immunosuppressants
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph
Ventolin HFA 7.4 8 reviews for Ventolin HFA to treat Asthma, Maintenance
Rx C N
Generic name:
albuterol systemic
Drug class:
adrenergic bronchodilators
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
dupilumab 7.1 57 reviews for dupilumab to treat Asthma, Maintenance
Rx N
Generic name:
dupilumab systemic
Brand name:
Dupixent
Drug class:
interleukin inhibitors
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph
Nucala 10 3 reviews for Nucala to treat Asthma, Maintenance
Rx N N
Generic name:
mepolizumab systemic
Drug class:
interleukin inhibitors
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
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Flovent HFA 7.0 15 reviews for Flovent HFA to treat Asthma, Maintenance
Rx C N
Generic name:
fluticasone systemic
Drug class:
inhaled corticosteroids
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
mepolizumab 10 3 reviews for mepolizumab to treat Asthma, Maintenance
Rx N N
Generic name:
mepolizumab systemic
Brand name:
Nucala
Drug class:
interleukin inhibitors
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph
fluticasone 6.4 64 reviews for fluticasone to treat Asthma, Maintenance
Rx C N
Generic name:
fluticasone systemic
Brand names:
Flovent HFA, Flovent, Arnuity Ellipta, Flovent Diskus, Flovent Rotadisk, ArmonAir Digihaler
Drug class:
inhaled corticosteroids
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
Ventolin 4.1 11 reviews for Ventolin to treat Asthma, Maintenance
Rx C N
Generic name:
albuterol systemic
Drug class:
adrenergic bronchodilators
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
Flovent 6.7 32 reviews for Flovent to treat Asthma, Maintenance
Rx C N
Generic name:
fluticasone systemic
Drug class:
inhaled corticosteroids
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
budesonide 6.9 19 reviews for budesonide to treat Asthma, Maintenance
Rx C N
Generic name:
budesonide systemic
Brand names:
Pulmicort Flexhaler, Pulmicort Respules
Drug class:
inhaled corticosteroids, glucocorticoids
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
Qvar RediHaler 3.4 183 reviews for Qvar RediHaler to treat Asthma, Maintenance
Rx C N
Generic name:
beclomethasone systemic
Drug class:
inhaled corticosteroids
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
Advair HFA 7.4 9 reviews for Advair HFA to treat Asthma, Maintenance
Rx C N
Generic name:
fluticasone / salmeterol systemic
Drug class:
bronchodilator combinations
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
Dulera 6.0 25 reviews for Dulera to treat Asthma, Maintenance
Rx C N
Generic name:
formoterol / mometasone systemic
Drug class:
bronchodilator combinations
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
fluticasone / salmeterol 4.5 222 reviews for fluticasone / salmeterol to treat Asthma, Maintenance
Rx C N
Generic name:
fluticasone / salmeterol systemic
Brand names:
Advair Diskus, Advair HFA, Wixela Inhub, AirDuo Digihaler, AirDuo Respiclick
Drug class:
bronchodilator combinations
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
Accolate 10 4 reviews for Accolate to treat Asthma, Maintenance
Rx B N
Generic name:
zafirlukast systemic
Drug class:
leukotriene modifiers
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
budesonide / formoterol 6.2 160 reviews for budesonide / formoterol to treat Asthma, Maintenance
Rx C N
Generic name:
budesonide / formoterol systemic
Brand names:
Symbicort, Breyna
Drug class:
bronchodilator combinations
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
Proventil HFA 3.0 4 reviews for Proventil HFA to treat Asthma, Maintenance
Rx C N
Generic name:
albuterol systemic
Drug class:
adrenergic bronchodilators
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information

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Rating For ratings, users were asked how effective they found the medicine while considering positive/adverse effects and ease of use (1 = not effective, 10 = most effective).
Activity Activity is based on recent site visitor activity relative to other medications in the list.
Rx Prescription only.
OTC Over-the-counter.
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over-the-counter.
Off-label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
EUA An Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) allows the FDA to authorize unapproved medical products or unapproved uses of approved medical products to be used in a declared public health emergency when there are no adequate, approved, and available alternatives.
Expanded Access Expanded Access is a potential pathway for a patient with a serious or immediately life-threatening disease or condition to gain access to an investigational medical product (drug, biologic, or medical device) for treatment outside of clinical trials when no comparable or satisfactory alternative therapy options are available.
Pregnancy Category
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 (CSA) Schedule
M The drug has multiple schedules. The schedule may depend on the exact dosage form or strength of the medication.
U CSA Schedule is unknown.
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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