Ask the doctor or nurse to write the instructions for taking your medicines on an Asthma Action Plan
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If you have questions about the asthma action plan form, see Your Road Map to an Asthma Action Plan
Call 311 if you have questions about finding a doctor or about free or low cost health insurance.
Questions to Ask the Doctor or
- Which medicines are preventive medicines and
which are quick relief medicines?
- For each medicine, ask:
- How much to take and when to take it.
- How long to take it.
- What are the possible side effects and how to avoid
- Is it an inhaled medicine, a pill, or a syrup?
- About how much will it cost?
- Can I get two prescriptions so that I can keep one at school?
- Ask for a spacer if any medicines are in a
- Ask for a peak flow meter.
- Ask what to do and who to call if your
breathing gets worse and your medicine is not helping.
- Ask to talk with a social worker if you have trouble paying for medicines or doctors visits, or need help with housing or other issues that affect your asthma.
At Each Visit, the Doctor Should:
- take a peak flow reading
- ask you about recent symptoms
- show you how to use a pump
- discuss your triggers and how to prevent
- tell you what to do if you have asthma at
school or work
- tell you how to get in touch if you are having
asthma symptoms after the office is closed
- review your Asthma Action Plan
When You go to the Doctor:
- bring all of your medicines, including home
remedies or non-prescription medicines
- bring your peak flow meter and diary
- bring your spacer
- demonstrate how you use your medicines and peak flow meter to make sure you are doing it right
Tell your Doctor if, Because of
Asthma, you have:
- missed school or work
- had symptoms, including waking at night due to
- gone to the emergency room
- been hospitalized
- Take your medicine exactly as the doctor says.
- Get the prescriptions filled right away.
- Take the right amount of medicine at the right
- Keep taking the medicine as long as the doctor
says to even if you feel fine and you are breathing well.
- See your doctor within 2 days of any emergency room visit or hospitalization, EVEN IF YOU FEEL BETTER.
For more information call 311.