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Drug Formulary


Summary of commonly used allergy medications

MDI =metered dose inhaler

For Asthma

  • Rescue meds: To open airways before exercise and with acute episodes.
    • Albuterol MDI( Proventil, Ventolin, Maxair): 2 puffs every 4-6 hrs.
  • Controller meds: To heal the airway and prevent symptoms.
    • Steroid MDI
      • Low strength
        • Vanceril /Beclovent MDI:2 puffs x 4/day
        • Azmacort MDI; 2 puffs x 4/day
        • Flovent 44mg/puff: 2 puff x 2/day
      • Medium strength
        • Aerobid MDI: 2 puffs x 2/day
        • Flovent 110mg/puff x 2/day
      • High Strength
        • Flovent 220mg/puff x 2/day
        • Pulmocort 2 puff x 2/day
    • Steroid, Nebulized
      • Pulmicort respule  0.25mg/2 cc , 0.5mg/2cc, for infants
    • Singular tabs
      • 2-5 years: 4 mg chewable x once evening
      • 6-14 years: 5 mg x once an evening.
      • Over 14 years: 10 mg x once an evening.
    • Long-acting Beta-agonists
      • Serevent MDI: 2 puffs x 2/day (Do not exceed the recommended dose. It may lead to toxicity)
      •   Foradil MDI: 1 puff x 2/day
    • Combination of steroid and long-acting beta-agonist
      • Advair MDI 1 puff x 2/day :  3 strengths available:  low potency- 100/40, medium potency-250/40, high potency-500/40

For Nasal Symptoms  

  • Rescue Medicines
    • Antihistamines: Primarily for drying the nose
      • Non-sedating
        • Claritin 10mg: either 12 or 24 hr preparations, Available in syrup 5mg/5cc
        • Clarinex 5 mg (24 hrs)
        • Allegra 60mg (12 hrs), or 180mg (24 hrs)
      • Less-sedating
        • Zyrtec 5mg, 10mg, 5 mg/5cc : 24 hr
      • Sedating
        • Benadryl, Atarax, Chlotrimeton, etc: usually every 6 hrs
    • Atrovent Nasal spray: for drying the nose. 2 puffs  x 4/day
    • Decongestants: To open up the nasal passage. Not to dry
      • Afrin or neosinephrine nose spray or drops: use not more than 3 days a week. Long-term  use not recommended, because of the nasal congestion may get worse
      • Sudafed: oral decongestant, over the counter. Consult a doctor if you have high blood pressure, arrhythmia, prostate problems, etc.
    • Combination of antihistamines and decongestants
      • Claritin-D, Allegra-D, etc.
    • Rinsing agents
      • Ocean Spray, Sinus-Rinse, etc
      • Make it yourself:  1 cup water + 1/2 tsp salt + a pinch of baking soda. Put them in a Mustard Dispenser or other dispenser with a tip.
  • Controller Meds: To heal the nasal passage and prevent the symptoms.
    • Nasal steroid MDI: Flonase, Nasonex, Rhinocort, Zetonna, Qnasal, etc.  To be sprayed to the nasal cavity 2 puffs once or twice a day.  It is important to use regularly at least 4 wks at a time, otherwise, the optimal preventive effect is not reached. Use after rinsing. Aim towards the ear on the side of the nostril being sprayed.
    • Combination of nasal steroid & anti-histamine: Dymsita: 1-2p x2/day.

For the Eyes

  • Rescue  meds: usually one drop x 4/day
    • Decongestants: Vasocon, Naphcon
    • Antihistamines: Livostin
  • Controller meds: heals and prevent allergic eye symptoms
    • Opticrom(Cromolyn): 1-2 drops x 4/day
    • Alomide: 1-2 drops x4/day
    • Patanol : 1-2 drops x 2/day
    • Pataday (olopatadine): 1-2 drop  x 1/day
    • Zaditor(ketotifen):1-2 drops, 2-3x/day
    • Optivar (azelastine): 1 drop , 2x/day
    • Restasis (cyclosporine):1 drop, 2x/day
  • A cool pack to the eyes, plus the liquid tears can be very helpful    

For the Skin

  • Limit soap exposure as much as possible  because it dries out sensitive skin
  • Put lotion on the skin immediately after toweling down while the skin is still wet, absorption is maximum at that time
  • Antihistamines can help the itch
  • Use steroid ointments ( preferred over cream).  Be careful as the stronger steroids can blanch the skin, and should not be used on the face
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3113 N. Sepulveda Blvd , Suite A
South Bay

Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Phone: 310-802-8016
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