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Monday, January 22, 2007

Asthma/ COPD medicine

The following are the asthma/ COPD meds:

  • Albuterol inhaler (rescue inhaler that every asthmatic/ COPDer should carry at all times)
  • Xopenex inhaler
  • Xopenex solution (I refer to this as Hoaxenex. It works, but is not better than Ventolin)
  • Pirbuterol (Another alternative rescue inhaler)
  • Albuterol solution (for the nebulizer. It's cheaper and works just as well)
  • Advair (A top line asthma medicine meant to prevent asthma. Has both serevent and flovent in it. (See Q&A)
  • Symbicort (A top line asthma medicine meant to prevent asthma. Has both formoterol and Pulmicort in it (See Q&A)
  • Flovent (The best steroid inhaler)
  • Pulmicort (solution good for kids or adults who can't take steroid inhalers)
  • Serevent (no longer recommended for asthma. Can be used for COPD)
  • Atrovent (proven to improve work of breathing in emergency room) No longer a top line preventative for most asthma patients. May benefic hardluck asthmatics and COPDers who need nebuliizers. Otherwise, Spiriva is better)
  • Spiriva (proven to improve lung function in COPD patients
  • Combivent (a COPD medicine. Combination of Ventolin and Atrovent)
  • Theophylline (recommended now only for hardluck asthma or COPD)
  • Tilade: (There are now better asthma meds than this)
  • Intal: (There are now better asthma meds than this)
  • Epinephrine (Now only used as a last ditch effort in hospitals)
  • Susphrine (No longer made. See post below for more information, or click here and here.)

Answering your questions regarding Asthma Medicines, new and old:

  • Q&A about Advair and Symbicort
  • Can't afford Advair? Here's another option for you
  • 5 asthma meds you must take as directed
  • Singulair: Another asthma miracle drug
  • Serevent really is the 'true asthma miracle drug'
  • Rescue bronchodilators: Here are my answers to all of your questions about them
  • New drug combo may greatly benefit COPDers
  • Albuterol is a bronchodilator and nothing more
  • A guide: Which asthma meds are best for you?
  • The latest research on Atrovent
  • 8 ideas for those who can't afford Advair
  • Thoughts about Advair and alternatives
  • Flutiform to compete with Advair & Symbicort?
  • On vacation & forgot your meds: what can you do?
  • How long do drugs last in the med cabinet?
  • Ventolin does not prevent asthma -- my opinion
  • My Dr. now prescribing Singulair for allergies
  • Advair may be too expensive for many asthmatics
  • Asthma rule #1: Take your Singulair as ordered
  • Xoponex may soon rival Albuterol in cost
  • Some good asthma/COPD drugs get a bad rap
  • It's time to bring back Susphrine
  • Alternative therapies for status asthmaticus
  • Modern meds may be cause of fatal asthma
  • Susphrine used to be a great asthma drug
  • Asthma cigarettes served a useful purpose
  • From asthma cigarettes to a normal life
  • The real RT Cave; it's the new cure all
  • Primitine mist not a good option for asthma
  • COPD: Is Spiriva, Advair or Xopenex right for you?

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