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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

  • What to Do If Your Albuterol Inhaler Is Backordered

    February 26, 2016

    In December 2015, Ventolin HFA (albuterol) inhalers were recalled. The reason for the recall: there were a small number of canisters that did not have enough propellant—meaning the inhalers wouldn’t deliver the full 200 puffs the labeling promises.

    See this announcement from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) regarding the Ventolin HFA shortage.

    Which manufacturer and strengths are affected?

    The shortage is affecting GlaxoSmithKline’s Ventolin HFA, in both sizes (8 gram and 18 gram) of the metered dose inhaler. See More

  • Nucala Offers a New Treatment for Severe Asthma

    December 07, 2015

    Many new inhaled medications have been approved to treat asthma, but the most recent approval from the FDA comes in a different form: Nucala (mepolizumab) is an injection given every four weeks by your doctor (or another health care provider).

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 12 Americans are affected by asthma. More effective treatments are more important than ever, and Nucala offers a new option for maintenance treatment in combination with other medications. See More

  • 5 Exclusive Tips for Back to School Prescriptions

    September 08, 2015

    Get those lunches made and set the alarm clocks; school’s back in session.

    Parents know that a new school year means new clothes, new books, maybe a new backpack—and perhaps a new set of prescriptions. As a pharmacist, I know the school year has started when frustrated parents show up at my store with lots of questions.

    The good news is that I can help! Here are 5 helpful solutions for common back-to-school medication issues. See More

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Popular Asthma Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Corticosteroids 5 See Prices
Leukotriene Receptor Antagonists 12 See Prices
Short-Acting Beta Agonists 9 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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