Common Medications and Treatments for Severe Persistent Asthma

 Generally severe persistent asthma is treated with combination of asthma medications

 

Long Term Daily Control Medication

This line of treatment t reduces inflammation of the airways to prevent asthma symptoms and asthma attacks.

Drug Category How it Works
Inhaled Steroids Acts directly in the breathing passage, one of the most common mode of treatment
Leukotriene Modifiers Acts on chemical substances that promote inflammatory response during acute attack, orally taken
Long Acting Beta Agonists Long acting bronchodilator. Keeps breathing passage open for more than 12hrs.
Immunodilators Reduces inflammation by impacting a number of different places in the pathophysiology of asthma
Anti-IgE Therapy Blocks IgE in your body and may help to relieve symptoms and control asthma. It is an injection given every 2 to 4 weeks, depending on your specific IgE level in the blood.

 

Quick Relief Medications

This are fast acting relief from asthma symptoms, but relieves symptoms for shorter duration. It is highly recommended to keep doctor’s instruction in mind before using these medications.

Drug Category How it Works
Short-Acting Beta Agonists Opens breathing passages in minutes. The effects usually last only 4 hours.
Anticholinergics Takes slightly longer than beta-agonists to achieve an effect, but has longer lasting relief

 

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