Common Asthma Medications

If you or a loved one has asthma, you should know about the most effective asthma treatments for short-term relief and long-term control. The combination of Flovent and Serevent in one inhaler called Advair, and Formoterol and Pulmicort in another called Symbicort, creates a lineup like no other in the history of asthma medicine. Compare risks and benefits of common medications used for Asthma. The right medication should allow you to live an active and normal life. The most effective ones stop airway inflammation. If your asthma symptoms aren’t controlled, ask your doctor to help you find a different treatment that works better. Your doctor may suggest you combine an inhaled corticosteroid, an anti-inflammatory drugs.


  • Long-acting beta-agonists. A beta-agonist is a type of drug called a bronchodilator, which opens your airways.
  • An immunomodulator is an injection given if you have moderate to severe asthma related to allergies or other inflammation caused by the immune system that doesn’t respond to certain certain drugs.
  • Leukotriene modifiers block chemicals that cause inflammation.
  • Theophylline is a bronchodilator used to prevent nighttime symptoms.
  • Mast cell stabilizers curb the release of chemicals that cause inflammation.

People with asthma experience symptoms when the airways tighten, inflame, or fill with mucus. Common asthma symptoms include:

Coughing, especially at night
Shortness of breath
Chest tightness, pain, or pressure

Early warning signs of asthma include:

Frequent cough, especially at night
Feeling very tired or weak when exercising
Decreases or changes in lung function as measured on a peak flow meter
Losing your breath easily or shortness of breath
Signs of a cold or allergies (sneezing, runny nose, cough, nasal congestion, sore throat, and headache)
Trouble sleeping
Wheezing or coughing after exercise
Feeling tired, easily upset, grouchy, or moody

Asthma Medicines

Prednisone oral, dexamethasone oral, prednisolone oral, DexPak 13 Day oral, Solu-Medrol intravenous, Deltasone oral, Prednisone Intensol oral, dexamethasone sodium phosphate injection, Asthmanefrin Refill inhalation, Orapred ODT oral, racepinephrine inhalation, Veripred 20 oral, Asthmanefrin Starter Kit inhalation, Dexamethasone Intensol oral, Solu-Medrol (PF) injection, Solu-Medrol (PF) intravenous, methylprednisolone sodium succ intravenous, methylprednisolone sodium succ injection, DexPak 10 day oral, prednisolone sodium phosphate oral, Pediapred oral, Millipred oral, Rayos oral, dexamethasone sodium phosphate (PF) injection, methylprednisolone sod succ (PF) intravenous, DexPak 6 Day oral, Millipred DP oral, methylprednisolone sod succ (PF) injection, S2 Racepinephrine inhalation, DoubleDex injection .

Some quick-relief asthma medicines include:
  • Albuterol (ProAir HFA, Proventil HFA, Ventolin HFA)
  • Metaproterenol.
  • Levalbuterol (Xopenex HFA)
  • Terbutaline.

Different asthma drugs can treat different symptoms. You take most asthma medicines by breathing them in using an inhaler or nebulizer.  Oral asthma medications are used for asthma control to prevent asthma flare-ups and not used to relieve immediate symptoms. Ask your doctor, asthma educator or pharmacist about the role of all your medication.