Asthma medications can be confusing for patients. Between the pills, rescue inhalers, long acting inhalers, and other treatments, sometimes knowing what to take and when to take it can be difficult. You should always work with your Charleston allergy and asthma doctor to ensure that you are on the right treatment plan, especially since symptoms can change as you get older or you can change climates. There are four main types of medications you might be prescribed for asthma.

Long-Term Asthma Control Medication: Taken daily, these medications are meant to be a preventative treatment and is the most important to keep asthma attacks under control. Some of the most common types of long-term asthma control medications include inhaled corticosteroids, long-acting beta agonists, Theophylline, Leukotriene modifiers, or a combination of these. Inhalers are the most common long-term asthma control medication and are effective at reducing swelling and preventing the airways from tightening.

Quick-Relief (Rescue) Medications: Rescue inhalers, albuterol, Atrovent, and corticosteroids are examples of quick-relief or rescue medications. These are used to treat asthma attacks as they happen and can be used to prevent an oncoming attack.

Medication for Allergy-Induced Asthma: Charleston allergy and asthma sufferers who are triggered by allergic reactions to seasonal allergies often benefit from allergy shots and oral allergy medications. These types of medication reduce how sensitive your immune response is to the allergens.

Biologics- Used to manage the most severe asthma, biologics such as Omalizumab, Benralizumab, Meoplizumab, and Reslizumab, help to stop the biological responses of asthma such as lung inflammation.

Many Charleston allergy and asthma patients will need more than one form of medication to manage their allergy and asthma symptoms. You should keep a log of your symptoms and what the triggers seem to be so that your Charleston allergy and asthma doctor can treat you effectively.

Call National Allergy and ENT of Charleston today to book an appointment with our asthma specialists at 843-202-4391.