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Medications for Asthma

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

What is Asthma: Asthma is an inflammatory disorder of the airways, characterized by periodic attacks of wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing.

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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
montelukast Rx B N 81 reviews
5.0

Generic name: montelukast systemic

Brand name:  Singulair

Drug class: leukotriene modifiers

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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

 
prednisone Rx C N 33 reviews
7.0

Generic name: prednisone systemic

Brand name:  Rayos

Drug class: glucocorticoids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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

 
flunisolide Rx C N 1 review
10

Generic name: flunisolide systemic

Brand name:  Aerospan HFA

Drug class: inhaled corticosteroids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph

 
ipratropium Rx B N 6 reviews
9.0

Generic name: ipratropium systemic

Brand names:  Atrovent, Atrovent HFA

Drug class: anticholinergic bronchodilators

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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

 
methylprednisolone Rx C N 4 reviews
6.0

Generic name: methylprednisolone systemic

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

Drug class: glucocorticoids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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

 
dexamethasone Rx C N 1 review
8.0

Generic name: dexamethasone systemic

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

Drug class: glucocorticoids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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

 
triamcinolone Rx C N 3 reviews
7.0

Generic name: triamcinolone systemic

Brand name:  Kenalog-40

Drug class: glucocorticoids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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

 
formoterol / mometasone Rx C N 16 reviews
7.0

Generic name: formoterol / mometasone systemic

Brand name:  Dulera

Drug class: bronchodilator combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts

 
ciclesonide Rx C N 5 reviews
7.0

Generic name: ciclesonide systemic

Brand name:  Alvesco

Drug class: inhaled corticosteroids

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

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

 
dyphylline / guaifenesin Rx C N Add review
8.0

Generic name: dyphylline / guaifenesin systemic

Brand names:  COPD, Difil-G Forte, Dilex-G, Dilex-G 400, Dy-G, Jay-Phyl, Lufyllin-GG

Drug class: antiasthmatic combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: Prescribing Information

 
caffeine Off Label Rx/OTC C N 1 review
7.0

Generic name: caffeine systemic

Drug class: CNS stimulants

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts, Prescribing Information

Off Label: Yes

 
fluticasone / vilanterol Rx C N 25 reviews
7.0

Generic name: fluticasone / vilanterol systemic

Brand name:  Breo Ellipta

Drug class: bronchodilator combinations

For consumers: dosage, interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts

 
guaifenesin / theophylline Rx C N Add review Add

Generic name: guaifenesin / theophylline systemic

Brand names:  Broncodur, Ed-Bron G, Elixophyllin GG, Quibron, Quibron 300, Theomar GG

Drug class: antiasthmatic combinations

For consumers: interactions, side effects

 
dyphylline Rx C N Add review Add

Generic name: dyphylline systemic

Drug class: methylxanthines

For consumers: interactions, side effects

For professionals: A-Z Drug Facts

 
levalbuterol Rx C N 1 review
10

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

 
mepolizumab Rx N N 2 reviews
5.0

Generic name: mepolizumab systemic

Brand name:  Nucala

Drug class: interleukin inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, side effects

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

 
reslizumab Rx U 1 review
8.0

Generic name: reslizumab systemic

Brand name:  Cinqair

Drug class: interleukin inhibitors

For consumers: dosage, side effects

For professionals: AHFS DI Monograph

 

Topics under Asthma

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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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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