There are two types of asthma medicines
- Daily Preventive Medicine (also called controller medicine): Controller medicines are usually taken daily. They make the chance of having an asthma attack much less likely.
- Quick-relief medicines (also called rescue medicine) are used for rapid, short-term relief during an asthma attack. Quick-relief medicines can ease an asthma attack right away.
If you take your controller medicines every day, you shouldn’t need to use your quick-relief inhaler as often. It is important to use all your medicines just as your doctor instructed you to.
Pay attention to things that seem to make your asthma worse. They are called triggers. Notice what your triggers are and try to avoid them.
Some common triggers include:
- Strong odors
- Vacuum cleaning
Talk with your doctor about ways to minimize your triggers.