Asthma Health Topics

Featured Conditions and Diseases
Asthma is a chronic illness in which your airways are inflamed, making it difficult to carry air in and out of the lungs at times. This eMedTV page covers this condition in more detail, including its causes, symptoms, and ways to control it.
Exercise-induced asthma is a type of asthma that is triggered by participating in physical activity. This eMedTV resource explains more about the causes and symptoms of this type of asthma and offers tips on preventing this condition.
Featured Medications
If you suffer from asthma or COPD, your doctor may prescribe Advair, a drug used to treat airway spasms. This eMedTV page describes how the prescription medicine works to help people breathe better and also covers dosing tips, side effects, and more.
Albuterol is used in the treatment of bronchospasms due to asthma or COPD. This eMedTV page provides an overview of this prescription drug, explaining how it works, offering tips on when and how to take it, and listing potential side effects.
An albuterol inhaler can be used during an asthma attack to open up the airways. This eMedTV article discusses other uses for albuterol inhalers, explains how the inhalers work, and describes the various inhalers that are currently available.
Albuterol tablets are licensed for the treatment of airway spasms. This eMedTV page covers how albuterol tablets work, offers general dosing guidelines, and explains what to do if you happen to overdose on albuterol tablets or miss your dosage.
Alvesco is an asthma inhaler that is used every day. As this eMedTV page explains, it is used to prevent asthma attacks, but not to treat them. This article takes an in-depth look at this medication, explaining how it works, side effects, and more.
Asmanex is a drug that is approved to prevent asthma attacks before they start. This eMedTV article offers an overview of the prescription drug, including a discussion on how it works, when and how to use it, and some side effects it may cause.
Azmacort is commonly prescribed to prevent (rather than treat) asthma attacks. This page on the eMedTV Web site takes an in-depth look at how the medication works, highlights potential side effects, and offers tips on when and how to use the inhaler.
Brethine is a prescription medicine that is used for treating asthma and emphysema. This eMedTV article explains how Brethine works to improve symptoms, describes the effects of the medication, and offers general warnings and precautions for the drug.
Budesonide inhalation is a prescription medicine that is used to prevent asthma attacks before they start. This eMedTV page discusses how budesonide inhalation works, outlines some potential side effects, and offers information on taking the drug.
Cromolyn inhalation is a prescription drug that is used to prevent asthma attacks. This page on the eMedTV site explains how the medication works, offers suggestions on when and how to use the two different forms, discusses side effects, and more.
Dulera is a medicine prescribed to control and prevent asthma symptoms. This page of the eMedTV Web site offers an overview of this drug, including details on how it works, results from clinical trials on its effectiveness, and potential side effects.
Flovent is an inhaler that may be used to prevent asthma attacks. This eMedTV article provides an overview on Flovent, noting in particular how the medicine works, when and how to use it, and some of the side effects associated with it.
The flunisolide inhaler, which is available by prescription, is used for preventing asthma attacks. This eMedTV resource describes the effects of the inhaler, explains when and how to use it, and lists some of its potential side effects.
Formoterol is a drug used to treat and prevent bronchospasms. This eMedTV page discusses other uses of the prescription medication (like preventing exercise-induced asthma attacks), as well as possible side effects and general dosing guidelines.
Levalbuterol HFA is a prescription inhaler that is used to treat airway spasms caused by asthma or COPD. This eMedTV segment further discusses the drug's uses, explains how the inhaler works, and describes possible side effects that may occur.
Maxair is commonly prescribed to prevent or treat bronchospasms in people with asthma or COPD. This eMedTV article takes an in-depth look at this medication, including approved uses, effects, dosing guidelines, and possible side effects.
Metaproterenol is a prescription drug that is approved to treat bronchospasms due to asthma or COPD. This eMedTV page covers side effects, dosing guidelines, and strengths of the medicine -- as well as what to do if you miss a dose.
Montelukast has been licensed as a treatment for asthma attacks and allergic rhinitis (runny, stuffy nose). This eMedTV resource offers an in-depth overview of the drug, including how it works, possible side effects, dosing information, and more.
Proair HFA is a drug used to treat and prevent airway spasms. This eMedTV article discusses other uses of the prescription inhaler (like preventing exercise-induced asthma attacks), as well as its possible side effects and general dosing guidelines.
Proventil is a drug often used to treat or prevent airway spasms caused by asthma or other conditions. This eMedTV article provides an overview of this medication, including details about how it works and some of its more common side effects.
Proventil HFA is an environmentally friendly inhaler used to treat or prevent airway spasms. This eMedTV article offers an overview of this medication, including a discussion of how it works, how to use it, and some side effects it may cause.
Pulmicort is a prescription medicine approved to prevent asthma attacks. This eMedTV article describes how Pulmicort works to open up the airways, offers some recommendations on taking the drug, and lists possible side effects that may occur.
Pycnogenol is a dietary supplement that possibly treats several health conditions. This eMedTV Web article describes Pycnogenol in more detail, including information on its beneficial properties, safety concerns, and possible side effects.
Qvar is a prescription medicine that is used for the prevention of asthma attacks. This part of the eMedTV archives explains how Qvar works, offers suggestions on when and how to use the inhaler, and describes the effects of the medication.
If you suffer from airway spasms due to asthma or COPD, your healthcare provider may prescribe salmeterol. This eMedTV Web page provides an overview of the prescription drug, noting in particular its strengths, side effects, and dosing guidelines.
Symbicort is a prescription drug used for preventing asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. This eMedTV resource explains how the drug works, offers general dosing information, and lists side effects that may occur during treatment.
Ventolin is a drug used to treat and prevent airway spasms. This eMedTV page covers Ventolin dosing, strengths, and side effects -- and notes that the prescription medicine may also be used to prevent exercise-induced asthma attacks.
If you have airway spasms, your doctor may prescribe Vospire ER. This eMedTV article explains how this product works, describes the effects of the drug, and lists some of its common side effects (such as nervousness).
Xolair is approved to prevent allergic asthma and treat chronic urtica. This eMedTV page explains how the Xolair injection works to prevent asthma attacks due to certain allergens and also lists possible side effects and general dosing guidelines.
Xopenex is a prescription drug that is approved to treat asthma or other similar respiratory conditions. This eMedTV article describes the other conditions the medication can treat, explains how it works, and highlights potential side effects.
Zafirlukast is a prescription drug licensed for preventing asthma attacks in adults and children. This eMedTV Web page further describes this medicine and provides detailed information on its effects, dosing guidelines, and possible side effects.
Zyflo, a drug available by prescription, is used to prevent asthma attacks in adults and children. This eMedTV article offers more information on Zyflo, including its effects, how it works, and side effects that may occur during treatment.
Zyflo CR is a drug that is approved to prevent asthma attacks in adults and children (age 12 and older). This eMedTV article offers an overview of the prescription drug, including a discussion on how it works, possible side effects, and dosing tips.
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