Asthma Treatment Make an Appointment Refer a Patient Ask a Question Reviewed by David Tinkelman, MD (April 01, 2012) Never before have we had so many good, safe, oral and inhaled drugs for the treatment of asthma as we do today. Work with your physician to determine the optimum medication regimen for achieving control over your asthma. WATCH: Asthma Inhalers Asthma medications are usually separated into specific categories, as follows: Quick-Relief Medications Quick-relief medications are used to treat asthma symptoms or an asthma episode. They are generally not used on a daily basis, unless your asthma is not well controlled. If this is the case, speak with your physician. Long-Term Control Medications Long-term control medications are used daily to maintain control of asthma symptoms. These medications are in different categories and can be used alone or in combination with others. They are to be taken every day, even when you are doing well, to prevent episodes. Devices for Inhaled Medications There are a number of devices that help deliver inhaled lung medications directly to the airways: metered-dose inhalers, dry powder inhalers, and nebulizers. Alternative Therapies Along with asthma medications, alternative therapies may assist in managing asthma on a daily basis. Discuss these with your physician. Managing Medications Managing your medications is also an important task. You do not want to run out of medication or have too much lying around. Learning how to manage your medications will help with both of these things. Read the package insert and any corresponding paperwork from your pharmacy to learns tips that will help you manage your asthma medication supply. Asthma Triggers Asthma Lifestyle Management Clinical Trials For more than 100 years, National Jewish Health has been committed to finding new treatments and cures for diseases. Search our clinical trials.