Why Do You Need an Asthma Action Plan?

I and it really struck a chord for me. My doc has always given me a written plan of "take this, if this happens, do this, etc." But that was not always sufficient. I was still trying to interpret how I was feeling because a lot was not based on hard numbers. My current plan/meds is quite complex and included other meds in addition to several different types of inhalers!

Unlike many treatments in medicine where a person can take a single pill once or twice a day for treatment of asthma, it can be more complex. For example, there are several types of inhalers which are used. Some inhalers are to immediately relieve the symptoms of asthma while others are used to help prevent asthma attacks from occurring in the first place. If someone uses the inhaler designed to prevent attacks when they are having an attack it doesn’t do any good.

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Having medications and not knowing how to use them is almost as bad as not having medications in the first place.

Do you have an ? Is it written out in this style? My action plan includes also things like how to pretreat before exercise and what to do if I get sick (cold, allergy flare, etc). How do you know which meds to take and when?


Comments 8

  • Pljohns

    Very good information Kathy-and I agree, having meds that you don't know how to use is as bad as not having them at all.  Especially this time of year in preparation for the cold/flu/winter season, we all need to make sure we have a plan, have meds we know how to use and that we understand when to use them.

  • K8sMom2002

    Love this! When we first started down this road, we didn't know anything about a sick plan. AAFA has taught me SO much!

  • Kathy P

    Knowing what each of my meds does in the big picture is so helpful when trying to figure out what I need to take when. I have my "base plan" and then I have my "sick plan" and my "pretreat before excercise plan." 

  • Pljohns

    It sounds like you've got it covered Kathy!  It is important to have those plans and understand them-at the moment, I don't have a single one-my latest version of my general action plan is 4 years old and includes meds I no longer even take.  the doc at UAB said no one fooled with those things any more either-

  • Kathy P

    Wow – I'm surprised at the doctor. My doc doesn't do the traditional one with the numbers/zones, but types up instructions that he prints outs and it shows up in my post appointment info in my portal. So we can both go back and review it. 

  • Pljohns

    That sounds great!  Hopefully i can soon get a new one-it was on my list for the UAB doc to do but I got that reply when I ask about it so I came away without anything again.

  • Jen

    Is everyone's asthma action plan updated for cold and flu season?