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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.

For 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.

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Notes: “Flu” is listed as a side effect for some medicines. But these medicines do NOT cause the flu. The 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 reported. 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.

As of June 1, 2024, AstraZeneca has capped inhaler prices at $35 for people who are commercially insured or uninsured. This includes AIRSUPRA® and SYMBICORT®. Uninsured? Use savings cards or the AZ&Me program for additional assistance. For more information, savings cards, and support, please visit: AstraZeneca US Patient Support.
As of June 1, 2024, Boehringer Ingelheim has capped inhaler prices at $35 for people who are commercially insured or uninsured. This includes Atrovent® HFA, Combivent® Respimat®, and Spiriva® Respimat® 1.25 mcg. For more information and support, please visit: inhaleroffer.com

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America does not endorse a particular medicine or product.

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Fluticasone Propionate/Salmeterol – AirDuo Digihaler

Fluticasone Propionate/Salmeterol – AirDuo Digihaler

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Teva Pharmaceutical Industries will discontinue production of all Digihaler® products as of June 1st, 2024. Authorized generic versions of these inhalers may still be available for some products. For more information on alternatives, read the announcement.

Drug Name: Fluticasone Propionate/Salmeterol

Brand Name: AirDuo Digihaler®

Medicine Use: Long-term control

Type of Medicine: Combination inhaled medicine

Form: Dry powder inhaler

Prescribing Info: digihaler.com

Possible Side Effects:
Infection of nose and throat
Thrush
Back pain
Headache
Cough

Notes/Resources:
Instructions for Use

AirDuo Respiclick dry powder inhaler

Fluticasone Propionate/Salmeterol – AirDuo RespiClick

Fluticasone Propionate/Salmeterol – AirDuo RespiClick

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Drug Name: Fluticasone Propionate/Salmeterol

Brand Name: AirDuo RespiClick®

Medicine Use: Long-term control

Type of Medicine: Combination inhaled medicine

Form: Dry powder inhaler

Prescribing Info: http://myairduo.com

Possible Side Effects:
Infection of nose and throat
Thrush
Back pain
Headache
Cough

Notes/Resources:
Instructions for Use

AirDuo Respiclick dry powder inhaler

Fluticasone Propionate/Salmeterol – Generic for AirDuo RespiClick

Fluticasone Propionate/Salmeterol – Generic for AirDuo RespiClick

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Drug Name: Fluticasone Propionate/Salmeterol

Brand Name: Generic for AirDuo RespiClick®

Medicine Use: Long-term control

Type of Medicine: Combination inhaled medicine

Form: Dry powder inhaler

Prescribing Info: http://myairduo.com

Possible Side Effects:
Infection of nose and throat
Thrush
Back pain
Headache
Cough

AirDuo Respiclick dry powder inhaler

Fluticasone Propionate/Salmeterol – Wixela Inhub

Fluticasone Propionate/Salmeterol – Wixela Inhub

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Drug Name: Fluticasone Propionate/Salmeterol

Brand Name: Wixela Inhub®

Medicine Use: Long-term control

Type of Medicine: Combination inhaled medicine

Form: Dry powder inhaler

Prescribing Info: wixela.com

Possible Side Effects:
Upper respiratory tract infection
Throat irritation
Hoarseness and voice changes
Thrush
Bronchitis
Cough
Headache
Nausea and vomiting

You may experience other side effects if you have COPD. For more information, please see the Wixela Inhub prescribing information

*Do not use if you have a milk allergy

Notes/Resources:
Patient Resources

AirDuo Respiclick dry powder inhaler

Fluticasone/Salmeterol – ADVAIR Diskus

Fluticasone/Salmeterol – ADVAIR Diskus

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Drug Name: Fluticasone/Salmeterol

Brand Name: ADVAIR® Diskus®

Medicine Use: Long-term control

Type of Medicine: Combination inhaled medicine

Form: Dry powder inhaler

Prescribing Info: http://www.advair.com/

Possible Side Effects:
Upper respiratory tract infection
Throat irritation
Hoarseness and voice changes
Thrush
Bronchitis
Cough
Headache
Nausea and vomiting

You may experience other side effects if you have COPD. For more information, please see the Advair Diskus prescribing information. 

Notes/Resources:
Instructions for Use

Advair diskus dry powder inhaler

Fluticasone/Salmeterol – ADVAIR HFA

Fluticasone/Salmeterol – ADVAIR HFA

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Drug Name: Fluticasone/Salmeterol

Brand Name: ADVAIR® HFA

Medicine Use: Long-term control

Type of Medicine: Combination inhaled medicine

Form: Metered dose inhaler

Prescribing Info: http://www.advair.com/

Possible Side Effects:
Upper respiratory tract infection
Throat irritation
Hoarseness and voice changes
Thrush
Headache
Dizziness
Nausea and vomiting

Notes/Resources:
Instructions for Use

Advair HFA metered dose inhaler

Hydrocortisone – Cortef

Hydrocortisone – Cortef

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Drug Name: Hydrocortisone

Brand Name: Cortef®

Medicine Use: Quick-relief

Type of Medicine: Oral corticosteroids

Form: Tablet, Liquid

Prescribing Info: pfizer.com

Possible Side Effects:
Weight gain/swelling
Muscle and bone weakness
Severe stomach pain and bloating
Skin changes
Neurological changes like seizures and headaches
Endocrine changes like slowed growth in children, diabetes, and menstrual changes
Vision problems
Blood and lymphatic system disorders, like high white blood cell count


Hydrocortisone – Generic

Hydrocortisone – Generic

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Drug Name: Hydrocortisone

Brand Name: Generic

Medicine Use: Quick-relief

Type of Medicine: Oral corticosteroid

Form: Tablet, Liquid

Prescribing Info

Possible Side Effects:
Weight gain/swelling
Muscle and bone weakness
Severe stomach pain and bloating
Skin changes
Neurological changes like seizures and headaches
Endocrine changes like slowed growth in children, diabetes, and menstrual changes
Vision problems
Blood and lymphatic system disorders, like high white blood cell count


Ipratropium Bromide – ATROVENT HFA

Ipratropium Bromide – ATROVENT HFA

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Drug Name: Ipratropium Bromide

Brand Name: ATROVENT® HFA

Medicine Use: Quick-relief

Type of Medicine: Anticholinergic

Form: Metered dose inhaler

Prescribing Info: https://www.atrovent.com/

Possible Side Effects:
Bronchitis
Shortness of breath
Headache

Notes/Resources:
Instructions for Use

Spriva Respimat Inhaler

Ipratropium Bromide/Albuterol Sulfate – COMBIVENT Respimat

Ipratropium Bromide/Albuterol Sulfate – COMBIVENT Respimat

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Drug Name: Ipratropium Bromide/Albuterol Sulfate

Brand Name: COMBIVENT® Respimat®

Medicine Use: Quick-relief

Type of Medicine: Combination inhaled-medicine

Form: Soft mist inhaler

Prescribing Info: https://www.combivent.com/

Possible Side Effects:
Infections of the ears, nose and throat
Runny nose
Cough
Bronchitis
Headache
Shortness of breath

Notes/Resources:
Instructions for Use

Combivent Respimat Inhaler

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