Dr.Kamini Silvarajan MD/AAAM

Editorial Board: Dr.Kamini Silvarajan MD/AAAM

Asthma Medication Guide

World Asthma Day is on the 2nd of May.

Asthma medication guide are the need for good asthma control and asthma management.

The below description are to help you to understand and follow your or your child’s asthma action plan. Educate yourself all you can about your or your child’s asthma medications. Know what medications are included in the action plan, when these medications should be taken, their expected results and what to do when they do not work.

Assisting facts and tips 

There is no medication to completely cure asthma. Asthma medications are used to stop, control and prevent asthma symptoms. 

Generally people need to take more than one type of medication to control asthma. Not everyone with asthma takes the same medication. 

There are many different asthma medications and they come in many forms: pills, aerosol inhalers, powder inhalers, liquids and injections. 

Asthma medications are often divided into two groups: bronchodilators and anti-inflammatory agents. 
Ensure that you understand and share the same treatment goals as your or your child’s doctor. Talk about what you expect from medications so you can know if the treatment plan is working. 

The way the body responds to medications may change over time, so medications may need to be adjusted. Tell the doctor if you notice any difference in the treatment plan. 

Guidelines To Medication 

Follow the asthma action plan when deciding how or when to use medications. This plan will be designed for the best asthma control. Make sure you understand and can refer to the plan. 
Wash your hands prior to preparing or taking medications. 

Take your time. Double-check the name and dosage of all medications before using them. 
Keep medications stored according to the instructions given with the prescription. 
Check liquid medications frequently. If they have changed color or formed crystals, throw them away and get new ones. 

Never run out of stock of medications. Call the pharmacy or doctor’s office at least 48 hours before running out of stock. Know your pharmacy phone number, prescription and clinic numbers, medication name and dose so you can easily call for refills and answer any questions asked by them. 
Inform the doctor about any other medications being taken beside the prescribed. Medications can work differently when taken together with nonprescription medicines. 

Asthma medications are very safe. However, side effects can occur and vary depending on the medication and dose. 
Consult the doctor to describe medications side effects for further precaution. Report immediately any unusual or severe side effects noticed.