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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October 29, 2013
For many Americans with health insurance, more than 50 popular brand-name drugs may no longer be covered starting in January 2014. Express Scripts and Caremark, companies that handles pharmacy benefits for more than 200 million Americans, are removing almost 50 brands from their formularies at the end of 2013. More information is below.
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
October 21, 2013
Manufacturer Nephron Pharmaceuticals has issued a voluntary recall of ten lots of its albuterol inhalation solution. The recall affects the 0.083% (2.5mg/3ml), 3 ml vials in 25-count packaging.
The recall is precautionary; there haven’t been any reported reactions, complaints, or adverse effects at this time.
Nephron is working with patients and pharmacies to make sure supply isn’t disrupted; you can contact them at 1-800-443-4313 ext. See More
September 20, 2012
Asthma sufferers not only deal with a chronic problem but the high cost as well. When it comes to asthma there are quick-relief inhalers and long-term controller inhalers. Once your doctor has decided you need a long-term control inhaler (not just your albuterol inhaler), you will be faced with a choice of three. All three are expensive but which one is right for you?
Long acting bronchodilators (LABAs) mixed with an inhaled steroid have become the mainstay of asthma treatment for those with moderate asthma symptoms. See More
Popular Asthma Drugs
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions written for the brand and generic versions of each drug,
regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.