If you have asthma, you should have an asthma action plan. An asthma action plan is written instructions about how to prevent and treat asthma attacks at home. You will work with your doctor to develop this plan. He or she will provide the written directions.
Your plan will tell you how to take your controller and rescue medicines. This is based on your peak flow meter readings and symptoms. Your doctor will show you how to use a peak flow meter and take your medicines. You should check peak flow meter readings regularly and follow your action plan. It’s the best way to avoid the dangers of asthma that is out of control.
Path to improved health
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. Give it to your child’s school along with an extra copy of the plan.
Click here to view a sample asthma action plan in several languages.
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.
Things to consider
If you have the symptoms of a serious flare-up, call your doctor right away. Or, if your peak flow is less than 50% of your personal best, call your doctor right away. If you can’t speak to your doctor, go directly to the nearest emergency room (by ambulance, if necessary).
Questions for your doctor
- Can you help me develop an asthma action plan?
- What are my asthma treatment goals?
- Should I keep an asthma diary of my symptoms and triggers?
- How often should we update my asthma action plan?
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This information provides a general overview and may not apply to everyone. Talk to your family doctor to find out if this information applies to you and to get more information on this subject.