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Fall 2012
Volume 8, Issue 2
Health Chronicle
Your Asthma Isn’t Improving: Now What?
You’ve been following your asthma action plan, but
your asthma isn’t getting better.
Don’t wait until your asthma becomes an
emergency. Talk with your doctor about your
concerns. Here are checklists that can help.
If you answer YES to any of the questions below,
asthma may be getting worse. Talk with your doctor
about possibly adjusting your treatment.
Asthma Control
Yes No
Have symptoms – such as coughing,
wheezing or breathlessness – grown
more severe or more frequent lately?
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Are you losing sleep due to asthma
symptoms at night?
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Are you limiting your daily activities or
exercise due to asthma?
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Does your peak flow vary a lot from day
to day?
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Are your recent peak-flow numbers low
compared with your personal best?
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Does it seem as if your medicine isn’t
working as well as it once did?
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Are you using your quick-relief medicine
more than two days per week?
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Have you gone to the emergency room
recently because of an asthma attack?
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Asthma Medicine
Yes No
Do you always take your medicine
exactly as prescribed?
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Has someone in your doctor’s office
helped you with the right way to use
your inhaler?
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If you have trouble using the inhaler, did
you talk with your doctor about a spacer?
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HAP’s CareTrack
program can help you
manage your asthma. For more information
(800) 288-2902.
If you answer NO to any of the questions below,
may not be getting the most out of your asthma
medicine. Learn how to use it properly. Then do
so consistently. If the problem continues, your
doctor may need to change your medicine.