The most important aspect of living with asthma is ensuring that it is successfully managed with a comprehensive respiratory care plan. This includes periodically assessing your care plan with your doctor to ensure it's still as effective as it can be.
Although changing your medication may be scary, it’s often crucial in determining your best treatment plan. You may need to change your medication and drug delivery method several times before you find the best fit for your lifestyle.
Here are three common reasons why your asthma medication may change.
1. TO HELP IMPROVE YOUR ASTHMA SYMPTOMS
If your asthma symptoms are worsening, you should speak to your doctor. They will typically change your medicine to help reduce the sensitivity and swelling of your airways — and this could mean prescribing extra medicine. or a new type of medication, or a new drug delivery method.
2. BECAUSE YOU'RE RELYING ON YOUR RELIEVER MEDICATION TOO MUCH.
If you need to use your reliever medication often, this can be an indication that your asthma treatment plan may need adjusting. Reliever medications are extremely important; however, they shouldn't be your main treatment. If you find yourself relying on your reliever medicine more than three times a week, make an appointment to see your healthcare provider. Your doctor will likely prescribe you a more effective preventer medication to help improve your symptoms and reduce the need to use your reliever medication.
3. TO PRESCRIBE YOU A MORE EFFECTIVE DRUG DELIVERY METHOD
Sometimes it may not be your medication that is ineffective, but instead your drug delivery method. If you struggle to use an inhaler correctly, or if you aren't receiving enough of your prescribed dose, your doctor may give you a different device that is easier to use. Many people have difficulty using inhalers correctly. A convenient and easy alternative to an inhaler is a nebulizer. Nebulizers are especially useful when treating respiratory conditions of young children and the elderly. If you feel like your current drug delivery method is ineffective, speak to your doctor and discuss alternative options.
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