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

  • Newly Approved Cinqair Offers Extra Help for Severe Asthma

    May 12, 2016

    The CDC (Centers for Disease Controls and Prevention) estimates that nearly 17.7 million adults and 6.3 million children in the United States suffer from asthma. Depending on how well it’s controlled, asthma can have an enormous effect on your daily life.

    More severe asthma means more frequent symptoms like coughing, wheezing, tight chest, and shortness of breath, and may mean your symptoms keep you up at night more often. See More

  • 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

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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 58 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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