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

  • New Albuterol Inhaler Approved: ProAir Respiclick

    March 31, 2015

    Many of you may be familiar with ProAir HFA, one of three brand-only albuterol inhalers currently available. Now, the FDA has tentatively approved a new dry powder inhaler from TEVA pharmaceuticals that will be known as the ProAir Respiclick.

    When the pharmaceutical company first filed their new drug application (NDA) for the medication, in July of 2014, it was going to be called ProAir Spiromax, but the name has since changed. See More

  • What Are Ellipta Inhalers, and Are They Better for COPD?

    March 13, 2015

    Breo Ellipta (fluticasone furoate and vilanterol), an inhalation powder used for the treatment of COPD, was the first Ellipta inhaler to become available back in 2013. Over the past two years or so, several more Ellipta options have entered the market.

    Ellipta medications tend to be a bit more expensive, but some people prefer them to more traditional types of inhalers.

    So, what is unique about the Ellipta device?

    The Ellipta from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is their new platform inhalation device. See More

  • Dropped by Insurance: Will Your Maintenance Inhaler Be Covered in 2015?

    October 30, 2014

    As 2014 comes to a close, we should be thinking about what to expect for 2015. The start of a new year is a time for new challenges, new goals, and inevitably, a new prescription formulary.

    What does this mean for you?

    Express Scripts and Caremark have decided to remove certain asthma maintenance inhalers from their national preferred formulary and provided a list of covered alternatives. For more information and the full list of excluded drugs, see our post on the 2015 formulary changesSee More

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Popular Asthma Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
prednisone Corticosteroids 5 See Prices
Singulair
(montelukast)
Leukotriene Receptor Antagonists 16 See Prices
Proair HFA 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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