Asthma

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a condition in which airways to the lungs are swollen and restricted. Symptoms of asthma include shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, and tightness in the chest. Causes of asthma can range from allergies (dust, dander, pollen) to respiratory infections.

Treatments for asthma include using inhalers. Common drug classes used to treat asthma are 5-lipoxygenase inhibitors, beta agonists, mast cell stabilizers, leukotriene receptor antagonists, methylxanthines, methylxanthine / expectorant combinations, anti-IgEs, beta-2 agonist / corticosteroid combinations, and corticosteroids. Some medications require medical supplies and devices to administer the dosage.

Savings Tips for Asthma

  • Dropped by Insurance: Will Your Rescue Inhaler be Covered in 2015?

    October 15, 2014

    As 2014 comes to a close, we should be thinking about what to expect for 2015. The start of a new year is a time for new challenges, new goals, and inevitably, a new prescription formulary.

    What does this mean for you?

    Express Scripts and Caremark have decided to make changes to the asthma rescue inhalers covered on their national preferred formularies, and have provided a list of covered alternatives. See More

  • Advair Diskus vs Symbicort: Which Should You Take?

    October 06, 2014

    Advair Diskus and Symbicort are both maintenance inhalers and often compared—so which one is right for you? You should know that they are both used to treat asthma and COPD, but they also have several differences including active ingredients, directions for use, and insurance coverage.

    A quick note about maintenance inhalers:

    Both Advair Diskus and the Symbicort metered dose inhaler are maintenance inhalers. See More

  • Arnuity Ellipta: New Asthma Inhaler Approved

    September 08, 2014

    Arnuity Ellipta (fluticasone furoate) is the newest corticosteroid inhaler approved for the long-term maintenance treatment of airflow obstruction in patients with asthma. It was approved by the FDA on August 20, 2014.

    When will Arnuity Ellipta be available?

    At this time the manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline, has not set a release date.

    How is this medication to be taken?

    Arnuity Ellipta is an inhalation powder that is used once-daily. See More

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Popular Asthma Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
prednisone Corticosteroids 8 See Prices
Singulair
(montelukast)
Leukotriene Receptor Antagonists 15 See Prices
Advair Diskus Beta Agonist / Corticosteroid Combinations 298 See Prices
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

Asthma Drug Classes

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