Asthma Drugs: Overview

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Asthma is a narrowing of the airways in the lungs brought on by hypersensitivity to certain stimuli. When these stimuli enter the lungs they cause the muscles in the airway to spasm, interfering with the airway.

Asthma has become more prevalent over the last twenty years. Children tend to be especially susceptible. This increase in asthma may be due in part to deteriorating air quality.

An asthma attack may be caused by anything from inhalation of dust to exercise in a cold climate. The attack may be a relatively minor annoyance lasting only a few minutes or it may cause a life threatening narrowing of the airways preventing the victim from inhaling at all.

Many asthma sufferers require perpetual use of specialty asthma medications to keep their condition in check. Additionally, emergency inhalers are used to stop asthma attacks after they begin. An asthmatic that suffers a severe attack and who does not have access to an emergency inhaler or other medical attention may die due to lack of oxygen.

All of these medications, while useful, nevertheless have side effects. In fact, a recent study indicated that certain types of asthma medications known as inhaled steroids may cause bone loss, especially in the hip area of premenopausal women. View sub-topics at right to learn more about some specific drugs used to treat asthma and some of the drugs' more serious adverse side effects.

See Also

  1. Accolate / Zafirlukast: Overview
  2. Advair Diskus
  3. Prescription & Over-the-Counter Drugs: Overview
  4. Flovent / Fluticasone: Overview
  5. Proventil / Warrick's albuterol: Overview
  6. Serevent / Salmeterol Xinafoate
  7. Singulair / Montelukast: Overview
  8. Terbutaline / Brethaire: Overview
  9. Theophylline: Overview
  10. Vanceril: Overview
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