Asthma

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

  • Looking for Maxair or Other CFC Inhalers?

    March 13, 2014

    It’s no secret that all of the CFC-containing inhalers have finally been discontinued, with the last leaving the market as of December 31, 2013. CFCs, or chlorofluorocarbons, were the propellants used within inhalers to help the medication spray out—similar to how a bottle of aerosol hairspray works. CFCs were found to be bad for the environment leading to a breakdown of the ozone layer which in turn would lead to harmful exposure of the sun. See More

  • What! My Advair Isn’t Covered? Advair vs Symbicort, Does It Matter?

    December 05, 2013

    Enough of you were using Advair Diskus (fluticasone propionate and salmeterol) to make it one of the top 10 selling drugs last year. Now, Express Scripts, the nation’s largest pharmacy benefit manager, will not cover it or Advair HFA (see more information here) and instead recommends Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol). So, what’s the deal?

    Why do we need bronchodilators plus inhaled glucocorticoids in the first place?

    Advair, Symbicort and Dulera are all inhaled glucocorticoids mixed with a long-acting bronchodilator. See More

  • 50+ Brand-Name Drugs Dropped By Insurance in 2014

    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

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Popular Asthma Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
prednisone Corticosteroids 9 See Prices
Singulair
(montelukast)
Leukotriene Receptor Antagonists 15 See Prices
Advair Diskus Beta Agonist / Corticosteroid Combinations 308 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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