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Asthma is a medical condition in which your airways narrow, swell, and produce extra mucus, making it difficult to breathe.

It can cause repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, and chest tightness, but asthma can be controlled by medication and avoiding the triggers that can cause an attack.

Get the help you need before your next attack.

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Asthma Advice

Asthma patients are at a higher risk of getting sick from respiratory diseases. Follow these tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.

Self care tips
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Worried about your asthma?

  • Stock up on supplies
  • Take your asthma medication exactly as prescribed
  • Know how to use your inhaler
  • Avoid your asthma triggers
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
  • Take steps to help yourself cope with stress and anxiety
Inhaler tips
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  • First, don’t panic - check your inhaler to make sure it still has medicine
  • If necessary, you can likely use your expired albuterol inhaler as it is probably still at least partially effective
  • If you can’t get a refill on your metered dose inhaler, contact your allergist or healthcare provider as there are other options available which they can prescribe
  • It is important that you not overuse your albuterol inhaler, as one canister should last for months

Treatment & Pricing

We offer treatment for both acute asthma attacks and long term asthma management. All medications are FDA-approved for asthma treatment. Insurance is accepted for these medications.

Some asthma medications are in limited supply. If your preferred medication is out of stock, your Alpha Provider can help find the appropriate substitution or send the prescription to your local pharmacy.

Preventive Treatments

For long term treatment of asthma, we typically prescribe corticosteroid inhalers, which reduce inflammation of the airways, as well as combination inhalers that include both a corticosteroid and a bronchodilator. Consult with your Alpha provider to determine the most effective treatment to prevent your next asthma exacerbation.

Corticosteroid Inhaler
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  • Flovent HFA (inhalation aerosol)
  • Beclomethasone Dipropionate HFA (HFA inhaler)
  • Asmanex HFA (HFA inhaler)
Combination Inhaler of Corticosteroid and Bronchodilator
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  • Advair Diskus (diskus inhaler)
  • Symbicort (inhaler; brand for budesonide and formoterol fumarate dihydrate)
  • Advair HFA (HFA inhaler)

Acute Treatments

Short acting agents are used to quickly relax or open airways and relieve symptoms of asthma exacerbations. They are often called rescue or quick-relief medications and work within 15 to 20 minutes, lasting up to six hours or longer. You can also use them before exercising to prevent exercise-induced asthma symptoms. For acute treatments, we offer several types of Albuterol and Levalbuterol inhalers.

Albuterol Inhaler
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  • Albuterol Sulfate HFA (generic)
  • ProAir HFA (inhaler; brand for Albuterol Sulfate)
  • Ventolin HFA (inhaler; brand for Albuterol Sulfate)
  • Proventil HFA (inhaler; brand for Albuterol Sulfate)
Levalbuterol Inhaler
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  • Xopenex HFA (inhaler; brand for Levalbuterol)
  • Levalbuterol HCL (inhaler; generic for Xopenex)

Your Alpha Provider can prescribe the medication you need before your next attack.

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Learn About Asthma

Do you have asthma? What are the symptoms of asthma and what triggers it?

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  • Wheezing (a scratchy or whistling sound when you breathe)
  • Coughing
  • Tight Feeling in the chest
  • Shortness of breath
  • Trouble sleeping due to coughing or wheezing
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  • Cigarette smoke
  • Strong chemical cleaning products, such as bleach
  • Strong perfumes or scents
  • Air pollution
  • Exercise
  • Allergens - dust, mold, pollen, animals
  • Getting sick with a cold or flu
  • Emotional anxiety and stress
  • Taking aspirin or NSAIDs may worsen symptoms
  • Acid reflux
  • Exposure to cold, dry air or weather changes

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