Long-term maintenance medications for asthma are prescribed to help control the inflammation and bronchoconstriction that causes asthma symptoms. This brochure describes the signs of uncontrolled asthma and explains why it is important to get your asthma under control.
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What is Uncontrolled Asthma?
Long-term maintenance medications for asthma are prescribed to help control the inflammation and bronchoconstriction that causes asthma symptoms. Your asthma may be uncontrolled if your treatments no longer reduce or prevent your symptoms.
Approximately 5% of people with asthma suffer from severe uncontrolled asthma1, and it is only diagnosed in about half of those who suffer from it.2
Signs that your asthma is not well-controlled
Contact your doctor if you experience any of these signs. He or she may need to change your medicine to help get your asthma under control.
Why it's important to get your asthma under control
Uncontrolled asthma may be associated with:
Managing daily activities
You can take steps to help manage your asthma:
*This list does not include all asthma triggers.
Having to use quick relief medicine often, is a sign that your asthma may not be under control. Let your doctor know if you need to use it more than two days in a week. Don't use a rescue inhaler in place of your daily, long-term asthma medicine.
References: 1. Plaza-Moral V. FarmacoeconomÃa del asma. Med Clin Monogr. (Barc) 2002;3 (suppl 1):49-53. 2. GEMA 2009 (Spanish guideline on the Management of asthma). J Investig Allergol Clin Immunol. 2010;20 (suppl 1):1-59.