Asthma Treatment Recommendations
Know your zone
Check out this National Institutes of Health (NIH) Asthma Action Plan to find out what asthma zone you're in—so you can get the help you need.
When to take an ICS, such as Aerospan
Aerospan is used for the long-term treatment of asthma, rather than for quick relief during an acute episode.2
Taking control of asthma: The options
There are various treatments for asthma, which can be for quick relief (rescue) or long-term control (maintenance).3
Rescue and maintenance medications: The difference
Taken as needed for fast, short-term relief of symptoms; these include wheezing, coughing, and tightness of the chest that occur during asthma attacks.3-5
One rescue medication you may know is albuterol.
Taken regularly to prevent asthma attacks and provide long-term relief. These medicines such as ICSs and antileukotrienes, make airways less sensitive and may prevent them from reacting as easily to triggers. They also help reduce coughing, wheezing, and the struggle you may have when breathing.3,4
Keep in Mind: Leaving asthma untreated can lead to repeated attacks and inflammation, causing further damage to the lungs.6-8
Prevention may be the best medicine
Because asthma is a chronic condition, it's always there even if symptoms are not present.3 That's why use of maintenance medication—such as Aerospan—is recommended, even if no symptoms are occurring at the time. For most people with asthma, maintenance medications are the most important type of treatment.4
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