Asthma: Over The Counter Treatment (cont.)

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What are additional measures in the management of asthma?

  1. Patients should avoid known triggers of asthma attacks (for example, exercise or allergens).
  2. Good control of allergic rhinitis (nasal allergies) helps to control asthma. Now there are OTC inhaled nasal steroids (Nasonex, Flonase) that are available and very effective in treating allergic rhinitis. It is important to understand that using these agents does not immediately relieve symptoms. It often requires 7 or more days of use to realize the true effectiveness of these medications.
  3. Some patients with asthma must avoid aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen and Motrin since they may induce an episode of asthma.
  4. All asthma patients should avoid beta-blocker drugs (Inderal, Tenormin, Visken, and Lopressor) because they may worsen asthma or precipitate an episode.
  5. All patients with asthma should seek professional advice from their physicians on how to optimally manage their condition.


"Over-the-counter Medications." Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

"Safety Concerns with Asthmanefrin and the EZ Breathe Atomizer." FDA. 2013.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/2/2015

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