Remembering to take medicine can be hard, especially when symptoms aren’t bad. Here’s how having a medicine routine can help manage asthma:
Our daily life can be busy. This can often make it hard to manage our medicines everyday. It can become even harder to remember to take medication when we don’t feel ‘unwell’ and don’t have bad symptoms.
For some of us, we can feel put off by taking medication every day if we’re worried about its’ effect on our overall health. This can affect our decision take these medicines regularly when we are feeling ‘healthy’.
For people living with asthma, ensuring a regular routine of taking medication can be a problem, as controller inhalers are often overlooked if symptoms don’t appear to be bad. But, ensuring you have a routine established for taking your medicines is vital. This can safeguard against symptoms from worsening and potentially leading to an asthma attack.
Using control medicines as instructed by your asthma nurse or GP also reduces the potential need for stronger medication. A number of studies have shown that regular asthma attacks can have a detrimental, long-term effect on the body, therefore it is important to control your asthma to maintain lung health overall.
Monitoring and reviewing your condition using tools such as Asthma UK’s Action Plan, may allow you to manage your asthma better, by tracking changes to your condition and your medicine intake. This can allow you to identify whether you’re experiencing imminent risk of an asthma attack being triggered and know when to seek help.
Setting reminders to take medicine may also help if you have a demanding lifestyle, and may take away some of the stress of having to remember to take medicines.
In a study conducted by The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, the impact of setting reminders was shown to have positive results on asthma patients. Results of the study showed patients who received reminders were more likely to take their medicine, compared with patients who weren’t reminded. Furthermore, patients who received reminders were less likely to experience “severe flare-ups” than the other patients.
For some, controlling asthma can often feel like an inconvenience or interruption to day-to-day activities when managing regular medicine consumption. If you are one of these people, you may feel less inclined to take your medication regularly, particularly when you feel you aren’t showing symptoms of your condition being bad.
By following actions which help keep your asthma under control however, you may be able to reduce the limiting aspects of the condition which can affect or prevent you from engaging in activities, such as exercise or sleeping. Asthma doesn’t need to control your life, if you control it!
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