What is an asthma action plan?
Ask your doctor for written directions about how to prevent and treat asthma attacks at home. These written instructions are called your “asthma action plan.” Your plan will tell you how to take your controller and rescue medicines based on your peak flow meter readings. Your doctor will show you how to use a peak flow meter and take your medicines. Checking peak flow meter readings regularly and following your action plan will help avoid the dangers of asthma that is out of control.
Download and print this asthma action plan and take it to your next doctor’s appointment. Complete the plan with your doctor and use it to guide your asthma treatment. Keep the plan on your fridge or somewhere that you can easily find it when you have an asthma attack. If your child has asthma, you should also complete the school authorization form and give it to your child’s school along with an extra copy of the plan.
Seek emergency medical attention
If you have the symptoms of a serious flare-up or if your peak flow is less than 50% of your personal best, call your doctor right away or go directly to the nearest emergency room (by ambulance, if necessary).
Used with permission from Regional Asthma Management and Prevention (RAMP), a program of the Public Health Institute. The RAMP Asthma Action Plan was supported by Cooperative Agreement Number 1U58DP001016-01 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The contents of the RAMP Asthma Action Plan are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC.
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