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If you've been diagnosed with asthma, your provider will work with you to develop a self-management plan for controlling your asthma on a daily basis, and an emergency action plan for stopping asthma attacks. These plans will include what medicines you should use and other things you should do to keep your asthma under control. With proper treatment, you can expect to have fewer asthma attacks and participate in normal activities without having symptoms.

There are two main types of medicines used to treat asthma: quick-relief medicines, often called bronchodilators, and long-term control medicines, including inhaled corticosteroids. These medicines are sold under a variety of brand names and they often come in different forms, including sprays, pills, powders, liquids, and shots, some of which may require special devices to administer. Other devices can help you monitor your lung function. Your provider will help you choose the medicine and devices that will work best for you.

You can learn more about quick-relief medications, inhaled corticosteroids, and other long-term control medications in this section. We also cover common devices used in asthma treatment, including metered-dose inhalers, dry-powder inhalers, nebulizers, inhalation accessory devices, and peak flow meters. Under Asthma Action Plan, you’ll find a downloadable sample plan you can share and discuss with your provider.