Your Primary Care Practitioner/Family Practitioner may prescribe medications to help you control your asthma. These medications fall into two general categories:
- Long-term control medications
- Quick-relief medications
Long-term Control medications
Control medications are used to prevent you from having an asthma attack.
Important: Take control medications as prescribed. You may not feel results right away, but the medications are working and will help you feel better over time.
Quick relief medications are usually in the form of inhalers. They are used at the first sign of asthma symptoms. You will feel the effects within minutes.
If you use your control medications as directed, you should not have to use your rescue medications as often.