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 Device Keeps You Honest About How You Use Your Inhaler

    October 13, 2017

    Asthma can feel different for everyone affected by it. For some people, allergies and various environmental allergens play a major role in the severity of their asthma. For others, triggers like perfume or exercise can lead to breathing problems.

    If you have asthma, your doctor will most likely prescribe you a controller inhaler as well as a rescue inhaler. Controller or maintenance inhalers like Symbicort, Advair, and Flovent are used regularly to decrease the inflammation and swelling in the lungs associated with asthma. See More

  • 10 Common Side Effects of Combination Inhalers

    August 03, 2017

    Combination inhalers prescribed for asthma, smoking lung disease (COPD), or persistent cough after an upper respiratory infection are some of the top selling drugs in the United States. Several steroid + long acting bronchodilator combinations are currently available: the older Advair and Symbicort and the newer Dulera and Breo Ellipta.

    While Advair and Symbicort are recommended for treatment of both moderate persistent asthma and COPD, Breo has been introduced with the indication for COPD treatment only. See More

  • 10 Albuterol Inhaler Side Effects to Watch Out For

    June 20, 2017

    Ventolin, Proair and Proventil are the albuterol inhalers commonly prescribed for people with asthma, reactive airway disease, or even for a persistent cough after an upper respiratory infection. Albuterol inhalers relax the muscles in the wall of the airways to improve wheezing and cough. Whether you’re prescribed a nebulizer or metered dose inhaler (MDI), albuterol is generally well tolerated—yet the same minor side effects are reported over and over againSee More

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Popular Asthma Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Corticosteroids 5 See Prices
Leukotriene Receptor Antagonists 11 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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