AAAAI Allergy & Asthma Medication Guide

 

Last updated December 2013

 

Short-Acting Beta-Agonists (SABAs): Are typically used as "rescue" medications to provide quick relieve of asthma symptoms.

Generic  Name

Brand Name

    Class

Photo

Use

Usual Dosage

Product Links (if available)

Albuterol Sulfate HFA

 

ProAir HFA

   Beta-agonist
   Short Acting

For quick relief of asthma symptoms.

Prevention of exercise-induced asthma.

Age 4 and above.

1 or 2 inhalations
every 4 to 6 hours for quick relief of asthma symptoms.

2 puffs 15 minutes before exercise to prevent
exercise-induced
asthma.

ProAir HFA Website

Proventil HFA Website

Ventolin HFA Website

Proventil HFA

   Beta-agonist
   Short Acting

Ventolin HFA

   Beta-agonist
   Short Acting

Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Solution

Unit dose vials of albuterol
0.083%
comes as:

Generic

 

For quick relief of asthma.

Age 2 and above.

One unit dose vial.

Every 4 to 6 hours.

 

Albuterol Sulfate Nebulizer Solution

AccuNeb
Inhalation Solution

 

For quick relief of asthma.

Age 2 to 12.

0.63 mg and 1.25 mg in 3 mL unit-dose vials.

 

Albuterol Sulfate 0.5%

 

 

For quick relief of asthma symptoms.

Age 2 and above.

Dose will vary.

 

Ipratropium Bromide/Albuterol

Combivent® Respimat®

     Anticholinergic

 

For relief of bronchospasm of COPD.

Approved for adults with COPD: 1 puff 4 times daily.

Combivent Information Link

Ipratropium
Bromide HFA

Atrovent HFA
Inhalation Aerosol

     Anticholinergic

For relief of bronchospasm of COPD.

Age 12 and above:
2 inhalations every 6 hours.

Atrovent HFA Package Insert

Levalbuterol HCl

Xopenex Inhalation Solution

 

For the treatment and prevention of bronchospasm.

Approved: Ages 6 to 11 (0.31 mg) and older.
Ages 12 and older, adjust from 0.63 to 1.25 mg.

0.31 mg (green);
0.63 mg (green);
1.25 mg (red) in 3 mL unit-dose vials; one vial every 6 to 8 hours.

Also concentrate of 1.25mg in 0.5ml (need to dilute).

For use in nebulizers only.

Not studied in combination with other medication.

Xopenex Website

Xopenex HFA

 

For treatment or prevention of bronchospasm.

Adults and children older than 4 years of age.

2 inhalations repeated every 4 to 6 hours.

 

Tiotropium Bromide Inhalation Powder

Spiriva HandiHaler

Spiriva is the capsule of Tiotropium.

HandiHaler is the device used to breath in the Spiriva.

     Anticholinergic

For long-term relief of bronchospasm of COPD.

Approved for adults with COPD.

One capsule once a day taken with the HandiHaler.

Spiriva Website

AAAAI - American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology