Inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) – Take your controller medications as your first line of defense to control swelling in the airway. Long-term controller medications will help prevent symptoms before they start.
It is important to remember that controller medications:
- Will not help an asthma flare-up after it has started
- Are not addictive
- Must be taken daily, even when you feel well
Bronchodilators should be used in addition to your ICS and not as the main medication for your asthma. Also, brochodilators may be used as the medication treatment for exercise-induced asthma. Quick relief medications:
- Are used once symptoms begin to get worse
- Should always be carried with you
- Should not be used more than 2 times per week
What you can do
- Learn more about your medications.
- Create your own medication schedule. Fill in the schedule with your medications, when they are taken and how much is taken.
- After you have completed the medication schedule and/or created your own, print it out for easy reference. After you have reviewed videos about your medications and their delivery devices, move on to Module 3.