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.
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August 20, 2014
For many Americans with health insurance, more than 40 popular brand-name drugs may no longer be covered starting in January 2015. Express Scripts and Caremark, companies that handle pharmacy benefits for more than 200 million Americans, are removing over 40 drugs from their formularies at the end of 2014. This is in addition to the more than 50 drugs removed last year.
What are Express Scripts and Caremark?
Express Scripts and Caremark are companies that administer prescription drug benefits for many health insurance companies and Tricare. See More
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
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
Popular Asthma Drugs
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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.