Some good over-the-counter asthma medications include Primatene Mist and Bronkaid, notes WebMD. These drugs work by relaxing the airways’ muscles to provide temporary relieve from asthma symptoms. They do not, however, prevent asthma attacks or manage symptoms.
Individuals with diabetes, heart disease, thyroid disease and high blood pressure must not take over-the-counter asthma drugs. Individuals who use over-the-counter asthma drugs and have recurrent symptoms, are advised to consult with a doctor, states WebMD. These medications are only effective in individuals with mild, intermittent asthma, explains About.com. Individuals with regular or serious asthma symptoms require prescription drugs. Members of the medical community express concerns about the sale of over-the-counter asthma medicines; however, research shows that these drugs are safe when used properly.