Preparing for Your Asthma Check-up
If you have asthma and have taken daily medicine at any time during the past 12 months for your asthma, please schedule an asthma check-up with your doctor at least twice a year.
If any changes are made in your daily asthma medicines, schedule a follow-up asthma visit in three months or sooner, per your doctor’s instruction.
- When to Schedule an Appointment
- What to Bring to each Appointment
- What Information to Tell Your Doctor Every Visit
When to Schedule an Appointment
If your asthma is not in good control, schedule a visit with your doctor. Your asthma may not be in control if:
- You take your rescue/quick relief inhaler (i.e. albuterol, Xopenex®) twice a week for two weeks or more (unless you have exercise-induced asthma).
- You wake up from sleep because of asthma symptoms more than two nights per month.
- You refill your rescue/quick relief inhaler (i.e. albuterol, Xopenex®) more than twice a year.
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What to Bring to each Appointment
- Asthma Medication & Equipment
Bring all your inhalers, spacers, nebulizers with tubing and medication holders and other medicine devices.
- Asthma Check-up Questionnaire
Please print and complete this form prior to your visit.
- Asthma Control Test
Please print and complete this form prior to your visit. Make sure to complete the Asthma Control Test for the specific age of the patient (i.e. Ages 4 to 11 or Ages 12 and over.) If the visit is for a child under age 4, complete the 12 or over form for him or her.
- Asthma Action Plan
Bring the asthma action plan you are currently using.
- Personal Best Peak-flow Number
If you use a peak-flow meter and have identified your very best peak-flow number, bring that number to your appointment. If you have not identified your best peak flow, use our instructions on how to use a peak flow meter.
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What Information to Tell Your Doctor Every Visit
- What medications you are taking
- How often you are taking your controller medicine
- How often you use your quick relief/rescue medicine
- What asthma symptoms you are having
- How you are sleeping at night
- How asthma affects your daily activity
- Your peak-flow readings, if you take them
- Problems or difficulties you are having managing your asthma
Please be sure to write down any questions you have about taking care of your asthma and bring the questions with you to your appointment.
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