Asthma: Overcoming Obstacles to Taking Medicines
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.
|Reason you might not take your medicine||Possible solutions|
Someone or something interrupts you when you are taking your medicine.
You make a change in what you usually do every day.
Something happens during the day so that you can't take it.
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 that are needed to treat asthma.
Your mood or feelings may make it difficult to take the medicine.
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Donald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Rohit K Katial, MD - Allergy and Immunology
Current as ofAugust 21, 2015
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