Medications to Control Asthma

Our aims in treating asthma are ensuring our patients have a normal life style with minimal, or no symptoms, and avoiding exacerbations.

We follow these principles:

Prevention

Please see the information regarding preventing allergies, and we recommend preventing infections by hand washing and appropriate vaccinations, and avoiding smoking exposure asthma.

Medications

Rescue medications:

These are usually provided in inhaled or nebulized forms such as:

  • Albuterol
  • Ipratropium bromide
  • In severe cases, we add systemic (by mouth or injectable) corticosteroids

Preventive medications:

If the asthma severity warrants, we recommend anti-inflammatory medications. These are taken daily to decrease, or resolve the inflammation, and therefore preventing the symptoms. We have 3 categories:

  • Inhaled corticosteroids:
    Flovent
    Breo Ellipta (fluticasone)
    Qvar (beclamethasone)
    Asmanex (mometasone)
    Pulmicort (budesonide)
    Advair (fluticasone and salmeterol)
    Symbicort (budesonide and formeterol)
    Dulera (mometasone and formeterol)
  • Leukotrieneinhibitor:
    Singulair (montelukast)
  • Anti-IgE:
    Xolair (omalizumab); this treatment is for allergic asthma, and is approved for children 6 years and older and is provided at the Center in the form of bi-weekly or monthly injections.
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