Asthma Medicines

Asthma Medicines

There is no cure for asthma, but it can be controlled with the right treatment plan. Your treatment plan will include avoiding asthma triggers and taking certain medicines. This chart allows you to search for and learn more about available asthma medicines. 

or proper use, talk to your health care provider or pharmacist or read the prescribing information for your medicines. The most common side effects are listed. For a full list of side effects of a medicine, visit the links under Prescribing Information. 

Note: “Flu” is listed as a side effect for some medicines. But these medicines do NOT cause the fluThe flu is a contagious respiratory infection caused by a virus. “Flu” may be listed as a side effect because it was reported as one during a drug’s clinical trials, and the FDA requires that it be listed as it was reports. But it may mean “flu-like symptoms” or “respiratory infections.” It is very important that you take your prescribed medicines as directed and get a flu shot every year. If you have any questions about side effects, talk to your health care provider.

 Medicine Use:

 Types Of Medicine



Drug Information

Possible Side Effects

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Drug Name: Beclomethasone Dipropionate
Brand: QVAR® RediHaler™
Medicine Use: Long-term control
Type of Medicine: Inhaled corticosteroid
Form: Breath-actuated inhaler
Prescribing Information: qvar.com
Thrush
Hoarseness
Rash
Swelling of face or legs
none

Drug Name: Budesonide
Brand: Pulmicort Flexhaler®
Medicine Use: Long-term control
Type of Medicine: Inhaled corticosteroid
Form: Dry-powder inhaler
Prescribing Information: pulmicortflexhaler.com
Nasal congestion
Sore throat
Nasal allergies
Viral upper respiratory tract infection
Thrush
none

Drug Name: Budesonide
Brand: Pulmicort RESPULES®
Medicine Use: Long-term control
Type of Medicine: Inhaled corticosteroid
Form: Nebulizer solution
Prescribing Information: pulmicortrespules.com
Respiratory infections
Runny nose
Cough
Viral infections
Viral irritation/inflammation of stomach and intestine
Ear infections
Nosebleed
Pink eye (conjunctivitis)
Rash
none

Drug Name: Ciclesonide
Brand: Alvesco®
Medicine Use: Long-term control
Type of Medicine: Inhaled corticosteroid
Form: Metered-dose inhaler
Prescribing Information: alvesco.us
Headache
Swelling of nose and throat
Sinusitis
Throat pain
upper respiratory infection
Joint pain
Nasal congestion
Arm/leg/back pain
none

Drug Name: Fluticasone
Brand: Furoate,ARNUITY® ELLIPTA®
Medicine Use: Long-term control
Type of Medicine: Inhaled corticosteroid
Form: Dry-powder inhaler
Prescribing Information: arnuity.com
Respiratory infections
Runny nose
Cough
Viral infections
Viral irritation/inflammation of stomach and intestine
Ear infections
Nosebleed
Pink eye (conjunctivitis)
Rash
none

Drug Name: Fluticasone Propionate
Brand: Flovent® HFA
Medicine Use: Long-term control
Type of Medicine: Inhaled corticosteroid
Form: Metered-dose inhaler
Prescribing Information: flovent.com
Upper respiratory infection
Throat/sinus irritation
Headache
Diarrhea
Difficulty speaking
Cough
none

Drug Name: Fluticasone Propionate
Brand: Flovent® Diskus®
Medicine Use: Long-term control
Type of Medicine: Inhaled corticosteroid
Form: Dry-powder inhaler
Prescribing Information: flovent.com
Upper respiratory tract infection
Throat
nose and/or sinus irritation
Nausea and vomiting
Cough and/or persistent cough
Fever
Headache
Upset stomach
none

Drug Name: Fluticasone Propionate
Brand: ArmonAir™ RespiClick®
Medicine Use: Long-term control
Type of Medicine: Inhaled corticosteroid
Form: Dry-powder inhaler
Prescribing Information: armonair.com
Infection or inflammation of nose and throat
Upper respiratory infection
Thrush
Headache
Cough
none

Drug Name: Mometasone
Brand: Asmanex® Twisthaler®
Medicine Use: Long-term control
Type of Medicine: Inhaled corticosteroid
Form: Dry-powder inhaler
Prescribing Information: asmanex.com
Headache
Nasal allergy symptoms
Sore throat
Upper respiratory infection
Sinus infection
Thrush
Painful menstrual periods
Muscle and bone pain
Back pain
Upset stomach
none

Drug Name: Mometasone Furoate HFA
Brand: Asmanex® HFA
Medicine Use: Long-term control
Type of Medicine: Inhaled corticosteroid
Form: Metered-dose inhaler
Prescribing Information: asmanex.com
Inflammation of the nose and throat
Headache
Inflammation of the sinuses
Bronchitis
Flu
none

Drug Name: Cromolyn Sodium
Brand: Generic
Medicine Use: Long-term control
Type of Medicine: Cromolyn Sodium
Form: Nebulizer solution
Prescribing Information:
Drowsiness
Hoarseness
Upset stomach
Tightness in lungs
Wheezing
Rash
none

Drug Name: Cromolyn Sodium
Brand: Generic
Medicine Use: Long-term control
Type of Medicine: Cromolyn Sodium
Form: Inhaler
Prescribing Information:
Upper respiratory infection
Fever
Headache
Sore throat
Cough
Stomach pain
Diarrhea
none

Drug Name: Reslizumab
Brand: Cinqair
Medicine Use: Long-term control
Type of Medicine: Biologics
Form: IV infusion
Prescribing Information: cinqair.com
Throat pain
none

Drug Name: Salmeterol Xinafoate
Brand: Serevent® Diskus®
Medicine Use: Long-term control
Type of Medicine: Inhaled long-acting beta agonists
Form: Dry-powder inhaler
Prescribing Information: gsksource.com/sereventdiskus
Headache
  Nasal congestion
Throat irritation
Runny nose
Flu
none

Drug Name: Olodaterol
Brand: Striverdi® Respimat®
Medicine Use: Long-term control
Type of Medicine: Inhaled long-acting beta agonists
Form: Metered-dose inhaler
Prescribing Information: respimat.com
Runny nose
Sore throat
Respiratory infections
Urinary tract infections
Cough
Dizziness
Rash
Diarrhea
Back/joint pain
none

Drug Name: Budesonide/Formoterol
Brand: Symbicort®
Medicine Use: Long-term control
Type of Medicine: Combination inhaled medicines
Form: Metered-dose inhaler
Prescribing Information: mysymbicort.com
Throat irritation
Headache
Upper respiratory tract infection
Throat pain
Sinusitis
Flu
Back pain
Nasal congestion
Upset stomach
Vomiting
Thrush
none

Drug Name: Fluticasone Furoate/Vilanterol
Brand: BREO ELLIPTA®
Medicine Use: Long-term control
Type of Medicine: Combination inhaled medicines
Form: Dry-powder inhaler
Prescribing Information: mybreo.com
Runny nose
Sore throat
Headache
Flu
Respiratory infection
Bronchitis
Sinus inflammation
Mouth and throat pain
Hoarseness and voice changes
Cough
none

Drug Name: Fluticasone Furoate/Umeclidinium/Vilanterol
Brand: TRELEGY ELLIPTA®
Medicine Use: Long-term control
Type of Medicine: Combination inhaled medicines
Form: Dry-powder inhaler
Prescribing Information: trelegy.com
Upper respiratory infection
Pneumonia
Bronchitis
Thrush
Headache
Back pain
Joint pain
Flu
Sinus inflammation
Runny nose/sore throat
Constipation
Urinary tract infection
Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea
Mouth/throat pain
Cough
Hoarseness
none

Drug Name: Fluticasone/Salmeterol
Brand: ADVAIR® Diskus®
Medicine Use: Long-term control
Type of Medicine: Combination inhaled medicines
Form: Dry-powder inhaler
Prescribing Information: advair.com
Upper respiratory tract infection
Throat irritation
Hoarseness and voice changes
Thrush
Bronchitis
Cough
Headache
Nausea and vomiting
none

Drug Name: Fluticasone/Salmeterol
Brand: ADVAIR® HFA
Medicine Use: Long-term control
Type of Medicine: Combination inhaled medicines
Form: Metered-dose inhaler
Prescribing Information: advair.com
Upper respiratory tract infection
Throat irritation
Hoarseness and voice changes
Thrush
Bronchitis
Cough
Headache
Nausea and vomiting
none

Drug Name: Fluticasone Propionate/Salmeterol
Brand: AirDuo RespiClick®
Medicine Use: Long-term control
Type of Medicine: Combination inhaled medicines
Form: Dry-powder inhaler
Prescribing Information: myairduo.com
Infection of nose and throat
Thrush
Back pain
Headache
Cough
none

Drug Name: Mometasone/Formoterol
Brand: Dulera®
Medicine Use: Long-term control
Type of Medicine: Combination inhaled medicines
Form: Metered-dose inhaler
Prescribing Information: dulera.com
Nose/throat inflammation
Sinus inflammation
Headache
none

Drug Name: Montelukast
Brand: Singulair®
Medicine Use: Long-term control
Type of Medicine: Leukotriene modifiers
Form: Tablet
Chewable Granules
Liquid

Prescribing Information: singulair.com
Drowsiness
Hoarseness
Upset stomach
Tightness in lungs
Wheezing
Rash
none

Drug Name: Albuterol Sulfate
Brand: Generic
Medicine Use: Quick-relief
Type of Medicine: Short-acting beta agonists
Form: Nebulizer solution
Prescribing Information:
Itching/hives
Irregular or rapid heartbeat
Nervousness
Muscle tremors
none

Drug Name: Theophylline
Brand: Generic
Medicine Use: Long-term control
Type of Medicine: Theophylline
Form: Capsules
Elixir
IV solution
Tablet

Prescribing Information:
Nausea/vomiting
Stomach pain
Headache
Trouble sleeping
Diarrhea
Irritability Restlessness
Nervousness
Frequent urination
none

Drug Name: Theophylline
Brand: Aminophylline
Medicine Use: Long-term control
Type of Medicine: Theophylline
Form: Tablet
Prescribing Information:
Nausea/vomiting
Stomach pain
Headache
Trouble sleeping
Diarrhea
Irritability Restlessness
Nervousness
Frequent urination
none

Drug Name: Theophylline
Brand: Elixophyllin®
Medicine Use: Long-term control
Type of Medicine: Theophylline
Form: Elixir
Prescribing Information:
Nausea/vomiting
Stomach pain
Headache
Trouble sleeping
Diarrhea
Irritability Restlessness
Nervousness
Frequent urination
none

Drug Name: Theophylline
Brand: Theo-24®
Medicine Use: Long-term control
Type of Medicine: Theophylline
Form: Capsule
Prescribing Information:
Nausea/vomiting
Stomach pain
Headache
Trouble sleeping
Diarrhea
Irritability Restlessness
Nervousness
Frequent urination
none

Drug Name: Theophylline
Brand: Theochron
Medicine Use: Long-term control
Type of Medicine: Theophylline
Form: Tablet
Prescribing Information:
Nausea/vomiting
Stomach pain
Headache
Trouble sleeping
Diarrhea
Irritability Restlessness
Nervousness
Frequent urination
none

Drug Name: Theophylline
Brand: Uniphyl®
Medicine Use: Long-term control
Type of Medicine: Theophylline
Form: Tablet
Prescribing Information:
Nausea/vomiting
Stomach pain
Headache
Trouble sleeping
Diarrhea
Irritability Restlessness
Nervousness
Frequent urination
none

Drug Name: Cortisone Acetate
Brand: Generic
Medicine Use: Long-term control
Type of Medicine: Oral corticosteroids
Form: Tablet
Prescribing Information:
Vision problems (like glaucoma)
Increased appetite
Nausea/vomiting
Weight gain/swelling
Shortness of breath
Severe depression/unusual thoughts or behavior
Seizures
Bloody or tarry stools
Coughing up blood
Increased heart rate
Severe stomach pain
none

Drug Name: Dexamethasone
Brand: Generic
Medicine Use: Long-term control
Type of Medicine: Oral corticosteroids
Form: Tablet, Liquid
Prescribing Information: https://tinyurl.com/mx6hyrd
Itching/hives
Vision problems
Nausea/vomiting
Weight gain/swelling
Moodiness
Skin color changes
Increase in heart rate
none

Drug Name: Hydrocortisone
Brand: Generic
Medicine Use: Long-term control
Type of Medicine: Oral corticosteroids
Form: Tablet, Liquid
Prescribing Information:
Vision problems
Weight gain/swelling
Bloody or tarry stools
Coughing up blood
Increased heart rate
Severe stomach pain
Increased heart rate/pressure
none

Drug Name: Hydrocortisone
Brand: Cortef®
Medicine Use: Long-term control
Type of Medicine: Oral corticosteroids
Form: Tablet, Liquid
Prescribing Information:
Vision problems
Weight gain/swelling
Bloody or tarry stools
Coughing up blood
Increased heart rate
Severe stomach pain
Increased heart rate/pressure
none

Drug Name: Methylprednisolone
Brand: Generic
Medicine Use: Long-term control
Type of Medicine: Oral corticosteroids
Form: Tablet
Prescribing Information:
Itching/hives
Increased appetite
Nausea/vomiting
Weight gain/swelling
Moodiness
Skin color changes
Decrease in urine
Shortness of breath
none

Drug Name: Methylprednisolone
Brand: Medrol
Medicine Use: Long-term control
Type of Medicine: Oral corticosteroids
Form: Tablet
Prescribing Information: pfizer.com/products/product-detail/medrol
Itching/hives
Increased appetite
Nausea/vomiting
Weight gain/swelling
Moodiness
Skin color changes
Decrease in urine
Shortness of breath
none

Drug Name: Prednisolone
Brand: Generic
Medicine Use: Long-term control
Type of Medicine: Oral corticosteroids
Form: Dissolving tablet
Liquid

Prescribing Information:
Itching/hives
Vision problems
Nausea/vomiting
Weight gain/swelling
Moodiness
Skin color changes
Increase in heart rate
none

Drug Name: Prednisolone
Brand: Orapred ODT®
Medicine Use: Long-term control
Type of Medicine: Oral corticosteroids
Form: Dissolving tablet
Liquid

Prescribing Information:
Itching/hives
Vision problems
Nausea/vomiting
Weight gain/swelling
Moodiness
Skin color changes
Increase in heart rate
none

Drug Name: Prednisolone
Brand: Pediapred®
Medicine Use: Long-term control
Type of Medicine: Oral corticosteroids
Form: Dissolving tablet
Liquid

Prescribing Information:
Itching/hives
Vision problems
Nausea/vomiting
Weight gain/swelling
Moodiness
Skin color changes
Increase in heart rate
none

Drug Name: Prednisolone
Brand: Econopred®
Medicine Use: Long-term control
Type of Medicine: Oral corticosteroids
Form: Dissolving tablet
Liquid

Prescribing Information:
Itching/hives
Vision problems
Nausea/vomiting
Weight gain/swelling
Moodiness
Skin color changes
Increase in heart rate
none

Drug Name: Prednisone
Brand: Generic
Medicine Use: Long-term control
Type of Medicine: Oral corticosteroids
Form: Tablet
Liquid

Prescribing Information:
Itching/hives
Vision problems
Nausea/vomiting
Weight gain/swelling
Moodiness
Skin color changes
Increase in heart rate
none

Drug Name: Benralizumab
Brand: Fasenra
Medicine Use: Long-term control
Type of Medicine: Biologics
Form: Injection
Prescribing Information: dupixent.com
Injection site reactions
Eye/eyelid swelling
redness and itching
Cold sores in mouth/lips
none

Drug Name: Mepolizumab
Brand: Nucala
Medicine Use: Long-term control
Type of Medicine: Biologics
Form: Injection
Prescribing Information: nucala.com
Headache
Injection site reactions
Back pain
Fatigue
none

Drug Name: Omalizumab
Brand: Xolair
Medicine Use: Long-term control
Type of Medicine: Biologics
Form: Injection
Prescribing Information: xolair.com
Allergic reaction
Increased heart rate
Shortness of breath
Chest pain
Fever
Joint/muscle pain
Rash
Dizziness/fainting
Swollen/tender lymph nodes
none

Drug Name: Albuterol Sulfate
Brand: ProAir RespiClick®
Medicine Use: Quick-relief
Type of Medicine: Short-acting beta agonists
Form: Dry-powder inhaler
Prescribing Information: proair.com
Back pain
Body aches and pains
Upset stomach
Sinus headache
Urinary tract infection
none

Drug Name: Albuterol Sulfate
Brand: ProAir® HFA
Medicine Use: Quick-relief
Type of Medicine: Short-acting beta agonists
Form: Metered-dose inhaler
Prescribing Information: proairhfa.com
Headache
Rapid heart beat
Pain
Dizziness
Irritation of the throat and nose
none

Drug Name: Albuterol Sulfate
Brand: Proventil® HFA
Medicine Use: Quick-relief
Type of Medicine: Short-acting beta agonists
Form: Metered-dose inhaler
Prescribing Information: proventilhfa.com
Infection of the ears, nose and throat
Runny nose
Nausea
Tremor
Nervousness
Rapid heartbeat
Vomiting
Chest pain
Palpitations
none

Drug Name: Albuterol Sulfate
Brand: Ventolin® HFA
Medicine Use: Quick-relief
Type of Medicine: Short-acting beta agonists
Form: Metered-dose inhaler
Prescribing Information: ventolin.com
Sore throat
Upper respiratory tract infection
including viral infection
Cough Muscle pain
Heart pounding/racing (palpitations)
Chest pain
Fast heart rate
Shakiness
Nervousness
Dizziness
none

Drug Name: Albuterol Sulfate
Brand: AccuNeb®
Medicine Use: Quick-relief
Type of Medicine: Short-acting beta agonists
Form: Nebulizer solution
Prescribing Information: mylan.com/en/products/product-catalog/product-profile-page?id=fa79acbf-e2ac-4b5a-9e4f-c3da037df5b8
Itching/hives
Irregular or rapid heartbeat
Nervousness
Muscle tremors
none

Drug Name: Levalbuterol HCl
Brand: Xopenex HFA®
Medicine Use: Quick-relief
Type of Medicine: Short-acting beta agonists
Form: Metered-dose inhaler
Prescribing Information: xopenex.com
Itching/hives
Irregular or rapid heartbeat
Nervousness
Muscle tremors
none

Drug Name: Ipratropium Bromide
Brand: ATROVENT® HFA
Medicine Use: Quick-relief
Type of Medicine: Anticholinergics
Form: Metered-dose inhaler
Prescribing Information: atrovent.com
Bronchitis
Shortness of breath
Headache
none

Drug Name: Tiotropium Bromide
Brand: SPIRIVA® Respimat®
Medicine Use: Quick-relief
Type of Medicine: Anticholinergics
Form: Metered-dose inhaler
Prescribing Information: spiriva.com/asthma
Sore throat
Headache
Bronchitis
Sinus infections
none

Drug Name: Ipratropium Bromide/Albuterol Sulfate
Brand: COMBIVENT® Respimat®
Medicine Use: Quick-relief
Type of Medicine: Combination inhaled medicines
Form: Metered-dose inhaler
Prescribing Information: www.combivent.com
Infections of the ears
nose and throat
Runny nose
Cough
Bronchitis
Headache
Shortness of breath
none

Drug Name: Ipratropium Bromide/Albuterol Sulfate
Brand: DuoNeb®
Medicine Use: Quick-relief
Type of Medicine: Combination inhaled medicines
Form: Nebulizer solution
Prescribing Information: mylan.com/en/products/product-catalog/product-profile-page?id=ad38ac97-a9da-471b-8ae0-29bc66afc99c
Headache
Dizziness
Nausea
Dry mouth
Shaking (tremors)
Nervousness
Constipation
none

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