Getting the Most Out of Your Asthma Medicine
Asthma medicines do not cure asthma but they can help improve your symptoms. The most important thing is to take your medicine(s) exactly as your doctor has instructed you to take them. That means, taking the right medicine at the right time and with the proper technique! Set up a system that will work best for you and the people who help care for you. Here are some tips below for creating your own system:
- Use a weekly pillbox and make a medicine schedule showing what you take and when
- Ask a friend or family member to help you stay organized
- Connect taking your medicine with your routine habits, such as before or after certain meals or when you brush your teeth in the morning or evening
- Set an alarm to ring
- Learn how to use your inhaler
If you are having asthma symptoms, are not sure if you are taking your medicine correctly, or if you are experiencing bothersome side effects, talk to your doctor or another member of your healthcare team. They can help make sure you understand the correct way to take your medicines. They can also help you make adjustments in the medicines you are currently taking, if need be.