Lung and respiratory problems

Asthma

(Bronchial asthma)

About Asthma

Asthma is a chronic disease that affects your airways. Your airways are tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs. If you have asthma, the inside walls of your airways become sore and swollen. That makes them very sensitive, and they may react strongly to things that you are allergic to or find irritating. When your airways react, they get narrower and your lungs get less air.

Symptoms of Asthma
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing, especially in the early morning or at night
  • Chest tightness
  • Shortness of breath

Top Medications for Asthma according to our users

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All Medications for Asthma

Corticosteroid

  • Anti-inflammatory, Immunosuppressant > Corticosteroid

    • Medrol
      (Methylprednisolone)
      Prescription only

      Medrol (Methylprednisolone) is corticosteroid available in many forms (oral, injectable) that's great for controlling the unwanted symptoms from your immune responses and will make you feel better. There are lots of side effects but most of are tolerable or can be managed.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
    • Prednisolone acetate

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Liquid
    • Prednisone
      Prescription only

      Deltasone (Prednisone) is a common oral corticosteroid that's great for controlling the unwanted symptoms from your immune responses and will make you feel better. There are lots of side effects but most of are tolerable or can be managed.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Extended release
      • Liquid

Beta agonist

  • Terbutaline
    Prescription only

    Brethine (Terbutaline) is effective at preventing asthma attacks, but isn’t the first choice. It’s generally well-tolerated, but let your doctor know if you feel more lightheaded or have a rapid heartbeat while taking this medicine.

    Was it worth it?
    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill

Decongestant

Medication side effects for Asthma

These are some of the most common side effects from clinical trials for cough.

  • Qvar: 3%
  • Singulair: 9%
0 of 100

At this end, no one is expected to have cough

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At this end, almost everyone is expected to have cough

Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Asthma

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?
  • Find a doctor who listens. Track your asthma (time, place, symptom, severity, trigger, treatment, effect) in an app or small note book. Take your Rx as prescribed, but if you're concerned or confused talk to your doctor until you get answers. Don't delay treatments, and get fresh air away from triggers. Steam shower immediately after nebulizer treatments may make them more effective. Eat clean, avoid artificial flavors, sweeteners, and preservatives. Hot tea, lemon (juice or zest), ginger, yogurt, apples, and olive oil are all foods that may help immediately (tea, lemon, ginger) or long term.
What’s your best coping strategy?
  • Make and keep your home and car trigger-free zones; hey your family and visitors on board.
  • Cayenne pepper lemonade
  • Staying away from my triggers
  • Cleaned up diet
Besides medications, what else has worked for you?
  • Keep your car fan set to recirculate.
  • Keep your car as a trigger-free zone, limiting who/what is brought in, and keeping your car clean, filters changed, and
  • When you get a cold/flu/bronchitis/allergies, talk to your doctor to find out if temporary changes to your medications should be made.
  • More apples, tea, plain yogurt; less flavorings, especially in sticky things like sugary drinks, mouthwash, and candy. Fresh air (away from triggers) when you're having symptoms is crucial, but fresh air when you're healthy is also very important.
  • Less processed foods