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  • Asthma is a chronic breathing and airway condition and requires ongoing treatment to stay in control like all other chronic conditions.
  • The main types of medication for asthma treatment are relievers and preventers.
  • Asthma can be well-controlled with the right medications in almost all people.
  • If you are worried about unwanted effects from medication, do not stop or reduce the dose without speaking with your doctor first.
  • Stopping medication could lead to an asthma attack or asthma emergency that is worse than any potential unwanted effect.
  • During an asthma attack, follow your written asthma action plan. If you don’t have one follow asthma first aid.
  • In an asthma emergency, call triple zero (000) for an ambulance.

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Reviewed on: 08-02-2023