Recommended care for asthma includes taking two kinds of medicines.
- For long-term control: “controllers” or “preventers” are inhalers that work over time to decrease swelling in airways. If you use these every day, you will be less likely to have an asthma attack.
- To get better faster: “quick relievers,” used during asthma attacks, are fast-acting inhalers that open narrowed airways within minutes.
These medicines help you breathe better, and they help protect you from serious long-term damage to your airways.
This measure shows the percent of patients with persistent asthma in each practice who received a controller or preventer inhaler. A higher number is better.
Why it is important
To help you control your asthma, you need to take the right medicine at the right times.
What you and your doctor should do
Talk about making an asthma action plan and the best medicines to treat your asthma.