Asthma is a long-lasting (chronic) disease that may
last throughout your life—you must treat it long term. Taking medicines and
following a management plan can be difficult over a long period of time.
Taking daily medicines is often one of the hardest things to
do. Here is a list of reasons people may not take medicines. Some
possible solutions are listed too.
Someone or something interrupts you when you are taking your
You make a change in what you usually do every day.
Something happens during the day so that you can't take
You are out of medicine.
You feel good, so you don't take your medicine.
You take many medicines, and you are not sure what to take or
when to take it.
You just forget.
You don't think the medicine is working.
You are having difficulty using an
inhaler or don't know how to use it.
You have side effects or are worried about having them.
You may not be able to afford the medicines and medical care
that is needed to treat asthma.
Your mood or feelings may make it difficult to take the
February 13, 2011
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Rohit K Katial, MD - Allergy and Immunology
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