Continuing with what you could ask your doctor if and when you are diagnosed with Asthma:
1. Will I have to take medications forever? If so, what are some of the medications asthma patients typically take?
Your doctor will decide on this – which medicines and for how long. Any or a combination of the medications mentioned below could be prescribed for you. Your doctor decides on this, depending on your individual case:
• Inhalers: (Check drug literature for details of how to be used, frequency and dosage of the medication to be administered or taken as well as their side-effects and contraindications. If in doubt, consult your doctor before using them.) Remember that each drug/chemical has its own impact and will be prescribed to you depending on your condition, tolerability, medical history, etc.
o Beta-2-Agonists (Short-acting). These have a short (two to four hour) coverage and help reduce the symptoms of asthma. However, they neither treat nor prevent it from recurring. Corticosteroids will relax the smooth muscles on the interior of the bronchi (as well as other organs) which help it to dilate back to normal size and shape. Glucocorticostreroid chemicals Salbutamol, Levosalbutamol, Fenoterol, Procaterol, Metaproterenol, Terbutaline, and Bitolterol Mesylate. Brand names vary in countries for these chemicals..
o Corticosteroids – These enable reduction of swelling and inflammation of the inner walls of the bronchi. Chemical Beclomethasome, Triamcinalone, Flunisolide, Fluticasone, and Budesonide. Brand names vary in countries for these chemicals.
o Leukotreine Antagonists – These drugs inhibit the production of fatty cells called leukotreins in the immune system that cause the inflammation and constrict the airway passage. In general, they are less effective than corticosteroids. Chemicals Montelukast and Zafirlukast. Brand names vary in countries for these chemicals.
o Beta-2-Agonists (Long-acting). Chemicals such as Salmeterol, Formoterol, Bambuterol, and Clenbuterol. Brand names vary in countries for these chemicals. Studies have shown that regular usage of this drug can prove harmful in the long run.