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Asthma Medications and Treatments

Asthma Medications and Treatments

The drugs currently used by asthma doctors for the treatments of asthma exacerbation and prevent future attacks can be can be divided into two groups

  • Medications used for the quick relief of an asthmatic attack
  • Medications used for long-term control of asthma symptoms

Asthma Medications and Treatments for Quick relief

Short-acting Beta-adrenergic agonists

They include drugs such as Albuterol and Terbutaline They work by causing dilation of bronchioles through stimulation of beta-adrenergic receptors. They can be given in the form of Nebulizer or an Inhaler. Research indicates that the efficacy of inhaler for the quick relief of asthma symptoms is comparable to that of a nebulizer, although nebulizer is much easy for the patient to use.

The most commonly noticed side effect associated with the use of asthma medications and treatments is tremors. They can also exaggerate conditions such as diabetes mellitus, hypothyroidism, as well as pre-existing cardiovascular disorders.


They include drugs such as Prednisone and Methylprednisolone. They work by relieving the inflammations associated with asthma. They could be given either in intravenous, oral or inhaled forms according to the patient requirements.

Anti-cholinergic drugs

They include drugs such as Ipratropium bromide and Tiotropium. They work by inhibiting the action of acetylcholine, a chemical substance involved in the constriction of bronchiolar smooth muscles. The efficacy of anticholinergic drugs is low as compared to the Beta-adrenergic agonists and they require more time to achieve desired effects. They are however of particular significance in patients with heart diseases.

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