Drugs

Several medicines are used to treat allergies and asthma. Allergy shots are controlled doses of an allergen injected into a patient over time to increase the tolerance to an allergen. Decongestants relieve symptoms associated with nasal swelling, congestion and mucus secretion. Such symptoms include runny nose, coughing and sneezing.

Theophylline

Theophylline

Reviewed By:Marc J. Sicklick, M.D., FAAAAI, FACAAI Summary Theophylline is a prescription drug with a long history as a treatment for asthma (a chronic inflammation of the airway tissues). As one of the first long-term bronchodilators (medications that widen the airways by relaxing the smooth muscle), it has also been used to treat other respiratory …

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nsaids

NSAIDs for Allergies & Asthma

Also called: Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs for Allergies & Asthma Reviewed By:Marc J. Sicklick, M.D., FAAAAI, FACAAI Summary Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are medications commonly used to reduce pain and inflammation. Aspirin is the most well-known NSAID. These drugs are often the first choice for treating inflammation. However, NSAIDs can trigger an asthma attack in some …

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Mast Cell Stabilizers

Mast Cell Stabilizers – Types, Conditions Treated, Side Effects

Also called: Lodoxamide, Cromolyn Sodium, Nedocromil Reviewed By:Marc J. Sicklick, M.D., FAAAAI, FACAAI Summary Mast cell stabilizers are medications used to combat allergy symptoms and allergic asthma. The drugs reduce or prevent allergy symptoms (e.g., swelling, itching, runny nose) when taken regularly. While they have very few side effects, they are not as effective as …

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Leukotriene Modifiers

Leukotriene Modifiers – Conditions Treated and Potential Side Effects

Also called: Montelukast, Leukotriene Receptor Antagonists, Zileuton, Leukotriene Antagonist, Zafirlukast Reviewed By:Marc J. Sicklick, M.D., FAAAAI, FACAAI Summary Leukotriene modifiers are a relatively new class of drugs designed to prevent asthma and allergic reactions before they occur. They target leukotrienes, which are chemicals that inflame the lining of airways and cause symptoms such as wheezing …

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decongestants

Decongestants for Allergies & Asthma

Also called: Naphazoline, Pseudoephedrine Reviewed By:Marc J. Sicklick, M.D., FAAAAI, FACAAI Summary A decongestant is a type of drug that relieves symptoms associated with nasal swelling, congestion and mucus secretion. These symptoms include runny nose, coughing, sneezing, red, teary eyes, stuffiness within the ears and even snoring. Decongestants are often used to treat symptoms associated …

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