The Asthma Center

Medical Treatment of Asthma

You may experience a flare of asthma even if you avoid all known triggers. When coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath occur, medication may be the most effective option.

If you experience mild or occasional asthmatic symptoms, you may need medications infrequently. However, if you are severely affected, you may require daily doses.

Medications: benefits outweigh the risks

Some people avoid asthma medications for fear of potential side effects. However, untreated asthma often becomes chronic and disabling, leading to possible hospitalizations in severe episodes. And sometimes, poorly managed asthma results in death. But these extreme consequences are most often avoidable.

While all of the medications described here must be prescribed by a physician, learning about available drugs will help you make informed decisions as you manage your asthma.

Medication Types

Immunological Treatments for Asthma
When allergy plays an important role in provoking asthma symptoms, you might consider other options in addition to traditional pharmaceutical medications.

Medical treatment described is only recommended as an educational aid and is not intended as a substitute for receiving care from a physician. Speak to your physician before making any changes in your treatment.