Dr.Kamini Silvarajan MD/AAAM

Editorial Board: Dr.Kamini Silvarajan MD/AAAM

Best Asthma Medication

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Depends on the severity of a person’s asthma. All with asthma should have a asthma rescue medication available, such as Albuterol(a bronchodilator (trade names Ventolin or Proventil) used for asthma and emphysema and other lung conditions; available in oral or inhalant forms; side effects are tachycardia and shakiness) for the quick relief of asthma symptoms.

But, most of people with asthma also require a asthma controller medication.Controller medication are used to prevent asthma symptoms, and is taken daily regardless of how the person’s asthma condition.

The best action initially is that every asthma patients must know if their asthma is controlled or uncontrolled and whether you should see your medical professionals so that a asthma controller therapy or a different asthma controller therapy can be prescribed.

Once determined that a asthma controller therapy is required, there are various options to choose from. 

These include inhaled steroids such as:-

  1. Flovent Fluticasone – is a corticosteroid. It helps decrease inflammation in your nose. This medicine is used to treat the symptoms of allergies like sneezing, itching, and runny or stuffy nose. and
  2. Pulmicort Budesonide – is a glucocorticoid steroid for the treatment of asthma, non-infectious rhinitis (including hay fever and other allergies), and for treatment and prevention of nasal polyposis.
  3. Leukotriene Blockers such as Singulair Montelukast] and combination therapy with long-acting beta-agonists such as Advair Fluticasone/Salmeterol- Advair currently has a Black Box Warning*, a precautionary statement given to the medication by the Food and Drug Administration-FDA (check it out before usage) and:-
  4. Symbicort -Budesonide/Formoterol is a combination formulation containing budesonide and formoterol used in the management of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Note:-A Black Box Warning *is a statement to doctors and patients that the medication has been linked to a certain severe risk or side effect, but not to the point that the medication needed to be removed from the market. 

The purpose of the “black box” is to ensure that the prescribing doctor and patient are both aware of the risks of the medication, so that a discussion of these risks can take place.

Most people like the idea of taking a once a day pill, such as Singulair for the long term control of their asthma. But unfortunately, Singulair (Montelukast (trade name Singulair), is a leukotriene receptor antagonist (LTRA) used for the maintenance treatment of asthma and to relieve symptoms of seasonal allergies. It is usually administered orally) is not a particularly good asthma medication for most people, although does work well for some. 

It would be reasonable to try a medication like Singulair, as long as there is a repeat assessment of asthma control after few weeks of taking the medicine.Typically, the medication takes about three to seven days to start working.

Some people, however, seem to respond tremendously well to Singulair, and it may be the only medication needed for the treatment of allergies and/or asthma.That is why a asthma controller therapy done by your medical professionals are important.

Inhaled steroids are the most preferred controller medication for people with uncontrolled asthma. These medications provide better control of asthma symptoms and prevent future asthma attacks better than Leukotriene Blockers. 

For those people whose asthma is not well controlled on an inhaled steroid, or those with more severe asthma, the combination of both the inhaled steroid and a long acting beta agonist(LABA) may be required. 

This combination therapy appears to be the best medication for these people, which results in the reduction of asthma symptoms, improvement of lung function and the reduction of use of asthma rescue medications.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained above are for educational and basic guide purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for any ASTHMA personal care. Please see your medical healthcare providers for diagnosis and treatment of any concerning symptoms or medical condition.