When billions of dollars are spent on research and development towards fighting a disease, we've come to expect a degree of results. The reason for this expectation is because most of the time, these results are exactly what has happened, and that's been no different with the study of asthma. While researchers continue to fight this disease and work towards prevention and ultimately a cure, many different strategies of management and medications have been formulated that have shown to be very effective.
Below are some medication options available to asthma patients separated into three different categories, most of which will seem quite familiar to those who have been fighting the disease throughout their lives.
The purpose behind long–term asthma medications is to help control and minimize any chronic symptoms of asthma and of course to help prevent future attacks. The Mayo Clinic has offered a few examples of types of asthma medications that are helpful in these regards:
- Inhaled corticosteroids
- Long–acting beta–2 agonists (LABAs)
- Leukotriene modifiers
- Cromolyn, nedocromil
The list above represents more classifications of medications than particular brands, and you and your doctor will make the decisions regarding which specific medications will work best for you.
Short–term asthma medication is used by patients to not only cut an attack short, but also to stave one off that someone can feel coming. The Mayo Clinic offers the following examples of types of short-term asthma medication that have shown positive results:
- Short–acting beta–2 agonists
- Oral and intravenous corticosteroids (for serious asthma attacks)
Allergy–Induced Asthma Medications
Perhaps the most overlooked type of asthma in existence, at least by those who don't have it, is allergy–induced asthma. However, it hasn't been missed by researchers, as they have also put together a list of types of medications that help patients manage their specific condition. Below are some examples, and these medications help patients build resistance against the allergic agents that tend to lead to a higher number of attacks:
- Immunotherapy injections
As you see, there are allergy medications for all different types and stages of the disease. While these medications should be able to help almost anyone who suffers from asthma, they should not be seen as a cure–all by any means. Work with your doctor to find the proper medications for you and integrate them into your overall routine so that you can maximize your health and minimize the amount of influence asthma has on your life.