Asthma is a condition in which a person’s airways become inflamed, narrow and swell, and produce extra mucus, which makes it difficult to breathe. Asthma can be minor or it can interfere with daily activities. In some cases, it may lead to a life-threatening attack. Discuss your symptoms with our license medical staff and get relief today.
It’s important to understand the treatment we recommend and the potential risks involved.
Medicine We Prescribe
Risk of Side Effects
Short-acting beta antagonists (SABAs) like albuterol are typically used as rescue medications to provide the quick relief of asthma symptoms. By contrast, long-acting beta-agonists (LABAs) like Severant (salmeterol) continue to work for 12 hours or more.
The side effects are much the same for SABAs and LABAs since the two drug classes share similar mechanisms of action. Side effects include:
Increased heart rate
Nervousness or tremors
Though the side effects tend to resolve quickly with SABAs, they can often persist with LABAs. The same can occur when beta antagonists are used excessively.
While the overuse of a rescue inhaler can increase your risk of a severe asthma attack, that risk is multiplied if you overuse a LABA. So serious is the concern that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was prompted to issue a black box warning in 2003 advising consumers about the risk of fatal asthma attacks when using the combination inhaler Advair (fluticasone/salmeterol).
Risk of Misdiagnosis
Overdiagnosis leads to unnecessary treatment and a delay in making an alternative diagnosis. Underdiagnosis risks daily symptoms, (potentially serious) exacerbations and long-term airway remodelling.
Alternative Treatment Options
Breathing exercises: These exercises may reduce the amount of medication you need to keep your asthma symptoms under control.
Herbal and natural remedies: A few herbal and natural remedies that may help improve asthma symptoms include black seed, caffeine, choline and pycnogenol.