For people with asthma some of the most important medications are anti-inflammatory medications. They reduce swelling and the production of mucus and in this way often prevent an asthma attack. A result of this is that the airways are less sensitive to asthma triggers and are less likely to act. When patients are treated with asthma inflammation medication they often include corticosteroids which are orally inhaled. Other medications used for asthma are Leukotriene modifiers and mast cell stabilizers. These are not really anti asthma inflammation medication, but they almost have the same effect.
The most effective way to treat asthma is by inhalers containing corticosteroids. They reduce the inflammation in the airway and diminish mucus production. With the use of inhalers containing corticosteroids patients have a better control over their symptoms. To point out clearly, they will prevent symptoms but they are not able to relieve the symptoms.
The best known corticosteroids are: Qvar®, Pulmicort®, Aerobid®, Flovent®, Asmanex® and Azmacort®.
There are three forms how the corticosteroids are inhaled: with the help of a metered dose inhaler, a dry powder inhaler and nebulizers. The advantage of using these medicines is that they work both in children and adults and have almost no side effects.
Mast cell stabilizers
Mast cell stabilizers prevent the release of histamine. In this way it prevents asthma symptoms. They work especially well in medication for children and exercise induced asthma. The most common MSC are Intal® and Tilade®. These medicines almost work as good as corticosteroids. They also have very few side effects.
Leukotriene modifiers are probably not as well known as the other two types of asthma inflammation medication. Leukotrienes are substances that are naturally present in our body. They have the characteristic of tightening the muscles in the airways and increase production of mucus. Leykotriene modifiers block the effect of leuktrienes in the body and in this way prevent the tightening of airway muscles. These medicines are prescribes aside to other medication and often result in a decrease need for corticosteroids.
What medications fits you best is up to your physician. Always consult what are the best options in suppressing asthmatic symptoms. Always inform your doctor about all the medication you are using.