The extent of your asthma treatment will depend on how severe your symptoms are. You will start treatment at the level which is appropriate for your asthma.1,2
Once your asthma is well controlled, treatment can be gradually ‘stepped down’ again after a period of control as advised by your doctor or practice nurse.1,2
Types of treatment
RELIEVER INHALERS relieve symptoms1
These work quickly to open up your airways, and help during an attack or if you suddenly feel short of breath.
PREVENTER INHALERS prevent symptoms1
Preventers keep inflammation in your airways under control. They can prevent attacks, or make the ones you do have less severe — that’s why you need to keep taking them as prescribed, even if you feel well.
All medicines can cause side effects. The leaflet that comes with your medication will have a full list of possible side effects, so it’s important to read it before you start taking your medication.
Approval code: RESP-IE-NP-00090
Date of preparation: November 2020
- Live well with asthma. Asthma UK. Available at: https://www.asthma.org.uk/globalassets/health-advice/resources/adults/live-well-with-asthma-booklet.pdf Last accessed: November 2020.
- BTS SIGN. British Guideline on the management of asthma. 2019. Available https://www.brit-thoracic.org.uk/quality-improvement/guidelines/asthma/ Last accessed: November 2020.