This site is intended for healthcare professionals
General Practice Notebook
Medical search

drugs used in asthma

FREE subscriptions for doctors and students... click here
You have 3 open access pages.

The drugs used in the management of asthma fall into two braod categories:

  • controllers
    • aim is to control clinical symptoms, and reduce future risks such as exacerbations and decline in lung function
    • taken daily on long term basis 
    • agents include:
      • inhaled and system glucocorticosteroids
      • cromones
      • leukotriene antagonists
      • methotrexate
      • long acting inhaled beta-adrenergic agonists in combination with inhaled glucocorticosteorid
  • relievers:
    • aim is to reverse bronchoconstriction and relive the symptoms quickly
    • used on as needed basis
    • agents include:
      • rapid acting inhaled beta-adrenergic agonists
      • shoet acting theophylline
      • inhaled anticholinergics
      • short acting oral beta-adrenergic agonists


  • before initiating a new drug therapy, practitioners should check adherence with existing therapies, inhaler technique and eliminate trigger factors
  • β-blockers, including eye drops, are contraindicated in patients with asthma (2)



General Practice Notebook
General Practice Notebook
The information provided herein should not be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed medical practitioner should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Copyright 2016 Oxbridge Solutions LtdĀ®. Any distribution or duplication of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited. Oxbridge Solutions LtdĀ® receives funding from advertising but maintains editorial independence. GPnotebook stores small data files on your computer called cookies so that we can recognise you and provide you with the best service. If you do not want to receive cookies please do not use GPnotebook.