Dumfries & Galloway Health Board
Prescribing Support Team

Take control of your asthma

Posted: 27 Feb 24
Patient Information Leaflets Respiratory

The Scottish respiratory pharmacy special interest group has produced a patient information leaflet to help people with asthma understand the importance of good asthma control and signs that may mean that asthma is not as well controlled as it should be.


The goal of asthma treatment iis to have no symptoms. Asthma should not limit your activity.
Good asthma control means:
No need for reliever medication
No sleep disturbance from asthma symptoms or when you wake up
No restriction of day-to day activities
No days off school or work due to asthma
No asthma attacks or flare ups.

If you need to use your reliever inhaler (usually blue)three or more times a week or have used three or more reliever inhalers per year it may be a sign that your asthma is poorly controlled. This may mean that you are at a higher risk of having an asthma attack. 

You should use your preventer (treatment) inhaler every day, following the instructions you have been given. You should do this even when you feel well – this means your preventer is working, so keep going! Taking a preventer is important to control any inflammation and swelling in your lungs and will
reduce your risk of an asthma attack.