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Developing an Asthma Action Plan

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Use ______ 15 to 20 minutes before exercise or exposure to a known trigger.

 
 There may be coughing, wheezing, and mild shortness of breath. Sleep and usual activities may be disturbed. You may be more tired than usual.

ACTION: Relief of symptoms.

  • Keep taking medicines listed above. Use spacer with metered dose inhalers (or other device prescribed for a child).
  • Add quick-relief medicine: Albuterol ____ puffs or ________ in nebulizer. May use every 4 hours as needed. Also add: ____________________.
  • After taking quick-relief medicine, symptoms should be relieved in 5 to 15 minutes. If symptoms do not improve completely, REPEAT quick-relief medicine 1 to 2 more times, 5 to 20 minutes apart (up to 3 treatments in one hour). (For children, repeat albuterol 1 to 2 more times, 15 to 20 minutes apart; use up to 3 treatments in one hour.)  If there is no improvement, call your doctor.
  • CALL your doctor or nurse/therapist for further advice.
  • If you or other family member improves completely after 2 to 3 treatments, continue the quick-relief medicine 4 times per day for the next 24 hours. Call for further advice.
  • For children: If symptoms completely go away but return in 4 hours or less, repeat albuterol dose and continue to use 4 times per day for the next 48 hours. Call your doctor.

You or your family member, including teenagers and children, need urgent medical care. Symptoms may include frequent, severe cough; severe shortness of breath; wheezing; trouble talking and walking; and rapid breathing.
 

ACTION: Reversal of symptoms

  • Take these medicines: Albuterol with spacer ______ or _______ in nebulizer.
  • ADD: __________________.
  • Give your child albuterol two puffs or nebulizer treatment with Xopenex or albuterol.
  • If there is no change, GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM.
  • If you or your family member (including teenagers and children) has trouble walking or talking, is gasping for air, or has blue lips or fingernails, CALL 9-1-1.
  • If symptoms improve but do not go away completely, return to relief plan. Call your doctor for further advice.
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