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

  • Albuterol vs Levalbuterol HFA Inhalers: What’s the Difference?

    July 21, 2014

    Albuterol and levalbuterol can be confusing right off the bat due to the sound-alike active ingredient names. Both are available as various brand name inhalers, though there are no generic albuterol or levalbuterol HFA inhalers at the moment. Both types of inhaler treat asthma and in some cases COPD, but they have different strengths and side effects and can vary in price.

    Are albuterol and levalbuterol considered rescue or maintenance inhalers?

    Both albuterol and levalbuterol are rescue inhalers. See More

  • What’s the Difference? Flovent HFA vs Flovent Diskus

    June 30, 2014

    Flovent HFA and Flovent Diskus can be tough to tell apart, with similar names and the same active ingredient. However, although both types of Flovent inhaler treat asthma, they are available in different strengths and most importantly, are used differently.

    What type of medication is Flovent?

    Flovent (in both the HFA and Diskus forms) is a corticosteroid.

    How does a corticosteroid work for asthma?

    When inhaled, corticosteroids decrease inflammation and swelling within the airways. See More

  • Dry Powder Inhalers: Which One is Best for You?

    June 17, 2014

    Half of patients with asthma or COPD aren’t using their inhalers properly. Inhaler mishandling has dire consequences—but inhalers are getting much better. With new ones hitting the market every month, you need to get to know them.

    Does it matter if your inhaler is a Diskus, Turbohaler or Ellipta? These are all dry powder inhalers (DPIs) and they all use a dry powder formulation of an active drug. They are different than the classic metered dose inhalers like Proventil HFA or Proair HFASee More

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Popular Asthma Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
prednisone Corticosteroids 9 See Prices
Singulair
(montelukast)
Leukotriene Receptor Antagonists 15 See Prices
Advair Diskus Beta Agonist / Corticosteroid Combinations 308 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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