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Medications for Asthma

Other names: Bronchial Asthma; Exercise-induced asthma; Wheezing

While asthma may not have a cure, there are effective long-term medications available to manage it and improve a person with asthma's quality of life.

Other medications that may be used for asthma include:

Drugs used to treat Asthma

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

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Drug name Rating Reviews Activity ? Rx/OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol
montelukast 5.3 201 reviews for montelukast to treat Asthma
Rx B N
Generic name:
montelukast systemic
Drug class:
leukotriene modifiers
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
prednisone 7.3 66 reviews for prednisone to treat Asthma
Rx C N
Generic name:
prednisone systemic
Brand name:
Rayos
Drug class:
glucocorticoids
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
Trelegy Ellipta 6.4 45 reviews for Trelegy Ellipta to treat Asthma
Rx N
Generic name:
fluticasone / umeclidinium / vilanterol systemic
Drug class:
bronchodilator combinations
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
Fasenra 7.5 63 reviews for Fasenra to treat Asthma
Rx N
Generic name:
benralizumab systemic
Drug class:
interleukin inhibitors
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
benralizumab 7.5 68 reviews for benralizumab to treat Asthma
Rx N
Generic name:
benralizumab systemic
Brand name:
Fasenra
Drug class:
interleukin inhibitors
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph
fluticasone / umeclidinium / vilanterol 6.5 46 reviews for fluticasone / umeclidinium / vilanterol to treat Asthma
Rx N
Generic name:
fluticasone / umeclidinium / vilanterol systemic
Brand name:
Trelegy Ellipta
Drug class:
bronchodilator combinations
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph
Nucala 7.3 63 reviews for Nucala to treat Asthma
Rx N N
Generic name:
mepolizumab systemic
Drug class:
interleukin inhibitors
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
mepolizumab 7.2 66 reviews for mepolizumab to treat Asthma
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
Tezspire 8.7 13 reviews for Tezspire to treat Asthma
Rx N
Generic name:
tezepelumab systemic
Drug class:
selective immunosuppressants
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
Airsupra 10 1 review for Airsupra to treat Asthma
Rx N
Generic name:
albuterol / budesonide systemic
Drug class:
antiasthmatic combinations
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
dupilumab Rate Add review
Rx N
Generic name:
dupilumab systemic
Drug class:
interleukin inhibitors
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph
tezepelumab 8.7 13 reviews for tezepelumab to treat Asthma
Rx N
Generic name:
tezepelumab systemic
Brand name:
Tezspire
Drug class:
selective immunosuppressants
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph
Dulera 6.0 36 reviews for Dulera to treat Asthma
Rx C N
Generic name:
formoterol / mometasone systemic
Drug class:
bronchodilator combinations
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
Atrovent 9.0 5 reviews for Atrovent to treat Asthma
Rx B N
Generic name:
ipratropium systemic
Drug class:
anticholinergic bronchodilators
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
Breo Ellipta 5.7 125 reviews for Breo Ellipta to treat Asthma
Rx C N
Generic name:
fluticasone / vilanterol systemic
Drug class:
bronchodilator combinations
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
ipratropium 7.8 11 reviews for ipratropium to treat Asthma
Rx B N
Generic name:
ipratropium systemic
Brand names:
Atrovent, Atrovent HFA, Ipratropium Inhalation Solution, Ipratropium Inhalation Aerosol
Drug class:
anticholinergic bronchodilators
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
dexamethasone 7.0 8 reviews for dexamethasone to treat Asthma
Rx C N
Generic name:
dexamethasone systemic
Brand names:
Dexamethasone Intensol, De-Sone LA, Dxevo
Drug class:
glucocorticoids
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
methylprednisolone 8.1 12 reviews for methylprednisolone to treat Asthma
Rx C N
Generic name:
methylprednisolone systemic
Brand names:
Medrol, MethylPREDNISolone Dose Pack, Medrol Dosepak, Solu-Medrol, Depo-Medrol
Drug class:
glucocorticoids
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
Atrovent HFA 9.5 2 reviews for Atrovent HFA to treat Asthma
Rx B N
Generic name:
ipratropium systemic
Drug class:
anticholinergic bronchodilators
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
levalbuterol 7.3 5 reviews for levalbuterol to treat Asthma
Rx C N
Generic name:
levalbuterol systemic
Brand names:
Xopenex, Xopenex HFA, Xopenex Concentrate
Drug class:
adrenergic bronchodilators
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
Alvesco 7.0 10 reviews for Alvesco to treat Asthma
Rx C N
Generic name:
ciclesonide systemic
Drug class:
inhaled corticosteroids
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
fluticasone / vilanterol 5.7 125 reviews for fluticasone / vilanterol to treat Asthma
Rx C N
Generic name:
fluticasone / vilanterol systemic
Brand name:
Breo Ellipta
Drug class:
bronchodilator combinations
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
Prescribing Information
Ipratropium Inhalation Solution 10 1 review for Ipratropium Inhalation Solution to treat Asthma
Rx B N
Generic name:
ipratropium systemic
Drug class:
anticholinergic bronchodilators
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
triamcinolone 9.3 9 reviews for triamcinolone to treat Asthma
Rx C N
Generic name:
triamcinolone systemic
Brand name:
Kenalog-40
Drug class:
glucocorticoids
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects
For professionals:
AHFS DI Monograph, Prescribing Information
formoterol / mometasone 6.0 36 reviews for formoterol / mometasone to treat Asthma
Rx C N
Generic name:
formoterol / mometasone systemic
Brand name:
Dulera
Drug class:
bronchodilator combinations
For consumers:
dosage, interactions, side effects

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Alternative treatments for Asthma

The following products are considered to be alternative treatments or natural remedies for Asthma. Their efficacy may not have been scientifically tested to the same degree as the drugs listed in the table above. However there may be historical, cultural or anecdotal evidence linking their use to the treatment of Asthma.

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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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