One of the frequent questions I've seen here and on other asthma websites is whether asthma can be safely treated with (cheaper) over the counter medicines. So, I thought I'd use this post to explore the answers to that question.
Before I get started, though, let's refresh your memory about a couple of asthma facts:
Asthma is very treatable. While asthma is a chronic, long-term illness that often can't be avoided in the first place, the good news is that it is fairly easily treatable in most cases. With the right treatment, people who have asthma should be able to live full, active lives without many -- or any -- limits.
The best treatment for the majority of people with asthma is a daily or twice daily inhaled steroid. Of course, no one medicine works best for everyone, but research has shown that inhaled steroids are generally the most effective asthma medicine. If they are used correctly, as prescribed, they should control your symptoms most of the time.
More than 40 million people suffer from nasal allergy symptoms in the United States. Over-the-counter (OTC) medications for allergy relief fill the shelves of retail pharmacies and there always seem to be new ones coming to the market. Choosing the right medication often depends on matching your symptoms with what the colorful medicine box states the drug inside is capable of relieving. It can be very disappointing when runny nose, sneezing and nasal congestion remain unaffected by the "miracle drug." In desperation, you may decide to double the dose or add another OTC allergy medication. It always boils down to trial and error. But how much error should you risk taking?
All About Antihistamines Antihistamines are the most common drugs taken to treat nasal allergy symptoms. There are two major classifications of antihistamines:
• First generation antihistamines have a much higher risk of sedation and fatigue (compared to second generation). These antihistamines often need to be ...
With so much attention on the looming deadline to remove CFC, doctor prescribed, metered dose inhalers from the market by December 31, 2008, many do not realize that another deadline is in the works.
As early as 2010, over-the-counter epinephrine metered dose CFC inhalers may also be removed, permanently and without an over-the-counter replacement. This begs the question for asthma and allergy patients, "What do you carry?" If you have asthma or severe allergies, you may routinely carry a metered dose inhaler to administer medicine in case of an emergency. However, have you ever left it behind, at the house, in the desk at work, the restroom at school, in the hotel room or under the movie seat?
According to reports and personal anecdotes, AAFA has learned that many asthma patients rely on over-the-counter epinephrine inhalers sold at pharmacies as a back up plan when they forget their own prescription metered dose inhaler. While this method is not recommended by...
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