How to Treat Asthma?

Q:
How to treat asthma?

A:

Treatment

For the treatment of asthma, prevention and long-term control are key. As a result, daily asthma medications play an important role. And there are several types of medications.

First of all, long-term asthma control medications, generally taken daily, are the cornerstone of asthma treatment. For example:

  • Inhaled corticosteroids, such as fluticasone (Flonase, Flovent HFA), budesonide (Pulmicort Flexhaler, Rhinocort), flunisolide (Aerospan HFA), ciclesonide (Alvesco, Omnaris, Zetonna).
  • Leukotriene modifiers, including montelukast (Singulair), zafirlukast (Accolate) and zileuton (Zyflo).
  • Long-acting beta agonists, including salmeterol (Serevent) and formoterol (Foradil, Perforomist).
  • Combination inhalers, such as fluticasone-salmeterol (Advair Diskus), budesonide-formoterol (Symbicort) and formoterol-mometasone (Dulera).

Secondly, you may take quick-relief (rescue) medications for rapid, short-term symptom relief during an asthma attack, such as:

  • Short-acting beta agonists.
  • Ipratropium (Atrovent).
  • Oral and intravenous corticosteroids.

Thirdly, allergy medications may help if allergies triggered or worsened your asthma. These include:

  • Allergy shots (immunotherapy).
  • Omalizumab (Xolair).

What’s more, bronchial thermoplasty is used for severe asthma that doesn’t improve with inhaled corticosteroids or other long-term asthma medications.

 

Keywords: treat asthma; asthma treatment.

 

 

* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.