Module 2 of 5

One of the most important aspects of your asthma self-management is understanding your medications and the proper use of your medication delivery devices. First, we will discuss the two main types of asthma medications:

Controller medications 

  • Inhaled Corticosteroids (ICS) **Important: Take your controller medications as your first line of defense in order to control swelling in the airway. The long-term controller medications will help prevent symptoms before they start. 
  • It is important to remember controller medications 1) will not help an asthma flare-up after it has already started, 2) are not addictive, and 3) must be taking daily, even when you feel good.

Quick relief medications

  • Bronchodilators should be used in addition to your ICS's and not as the main medication for your asthma. Also, bronchodilators may be used as the medication treatment for exercise-induced asthma. Quick relief medications 1) are used once symptoms begin to get worse, 2) should always be carried with you, and 3) should NOT be used more than two times per week.
  • Learn more about your medication.
  • Create your own medication schedule. Fill in the schedule with your medications, what days, when and how much is taken. After you have completed the medication schedule and/or created your own, print the medication schedule for easy reference.
  • After you have reviewed videos about your medications and their delivery devices, take the Know Your Medications Quiz below before moving on to Module 3.