In Eastern medicine, a poultice of Turmeric paste works as an antiseptic and healing remedy for wheezing.
Chinese herbs have been used to treat bronchitis, but the safety of the remedy is unknown. The South African geranium (Pelargonium sidoides) has also been used as a remedy for bronchitis and in tests has been found to be safe and clearly effective.
Respiratol is a brand of an all-natural wheezing remedy that claims to bring immediate relief for asthma symptoms. The remedy has no negative side effects. Respiratol is a homeopathic and oligotherapeautic complex. The homeopathic ingredients include
Arsenicum Album, Bromium
Over-the-Counter (OTC) Medications
Loratadine, the drug contained in Claritin, is a non-sedating antihistamine used to treat asthma. It is available in either tablets or liquid-gels. It can, however, cause an allergic reaction in some patients. It can be purchased over the Internet for $22.49 for 30 tablets.
Primatene, either as a mist or in tablet form, can also be used to treat asthma. The mist (containing the hormone epinephrine) is fast-acting but relief lasts only a couple hours. The tablets (containing the hormone ephedrine) are effective for 2 to 4 hours but take 30 to 60 minutes to take full effect. There are potential side effects for either, including increased blood pressure or pulse, nervousness, sleeplessness, tremor, and seizures. Walmart advertises Primatene Mist at $17.32 for .5 fl. Oz. It sells at Walgreens for $19.99 for .5 fl. Oz. Walgreens offers Primatene Tablets for $10.99 for 60 count.
In treating acute bronchitis, acetaminophen, such as Tylenol, or aspirin can be used for pain. They should not be taken along with any other pain relievers.
Walmart sells their brand of acetaminophen, Equate Extra-Strength Pain Reliever, 500 mg. for $4.00 for 100 count. They advertise Bayer Extra-Strength aspirin, 500 mg. at $5.34 for 50 count.
Ibuprofen, such as Advil or Motrin, can also be used for the pain associated with acute bronchitis. Side effects of Advil can include an allergic reaction, such as hives, facial swelling, shock, skin reddening, rash or blisters. Ibuprofen can also cause stomach bleeding if overused.
Walmart offers Advil, 200 mg. at $12.96 for 200 count and Advil Liqui-Gels, 200 mg. at $8.98 for 80 count. Their own brand of Ibuprofen, Equate, 200 mg. retails at $7.22 for 500 count.