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Hi, i'm new to the site :)

I was diagnosed as having mild asthma when I was in my early 30's. Since then I take a brown preventer and a blue reliever. I am not always good at taking my preventer medicine when my asthma is under control until it flares up again. I have told my GP and my asthma nurse that sometimes I do not take the preventer and they say that this is ok? I did the NHS ""Are you at risk of an asthma attack"" test today and it says that I am at high risk of an attack?

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Maybe keep your preventer somewhere you will see it? For example next to your tooth brush? That would help with compliance... But if you are having issues with your asthma I would definitely suggest seeing your asthma nurse!


Just curious that my GP and asthma nurse think it is ok if I don't take the preventer all the time!


some people do only take preventor inhalers when they have a cold. Its not all that common but it works well for people who are ONLY symptomatic when they have an infection. If you find you are getting lots of symptoms day-to-day then it is really important that you remember to take your preventor - lots of people who have severe attacks are non-compliant with medication. You could try:

putting the inhaler where you will see it

setting a reminder on your phone

leaving a post it note on the mirror in the bathroom

getting someone to remind you

doing it during a part of your morning and evening routine (I alwyas check facebook for a bit in the morning while i wake up and as im settling down to sleep at night - this is the time i do my nebs)

remmeber that after a few weeks of doing it you'll remember automatically and it wont feel like a big deal - once you've gotten into the habit you'll remmeber it more easily. It can also help to write in a calender when your inhaler is due to run out - if you get to then and it hasnt finished by then itll give you a good impression of how well you've been taking it over the weeks/month that the inhaler lasts for!

If the AUK site reckons you are at HIGH risk of an attack I would assume your only warning sign isnt just not taking your brown inhaler regularily! Are you getting nighttime symptoms? Do you need your blue inhaler most days? Are asthma symptoms stopping you doing stuff? Those are all very good reasons to go and speak to your asthma nurse - they are warning signs that things are getting out of control! It might just be that once you are taking your brown inhaler on a regular basis then you'll find that your symptoms reduce, it might be that you need a slightly higher dose or a different preventor inhaler to keep things well controlled! its certainly worth keeping an eye on that before things get worse and you end up having to take the more nasty treatments!!


Hi I have been diagnosed with asthma, I was on steroids for 2 weeks, first week I had to take 6 a day plus antibiotics, 2nd week 8 a day inhaler just a blue one because my chest didn't respond to the steroids, I got sent to the hospital where the doctor confirmed that I had asthma and said about referring me to the lung clinic, last Tuesday I was given stronger antibiotics and a brown inhaler, I find that my speech is very hoarse and if I talk I start coughing, night time is worse for coughing I get tired easily. my peak flow is just under 250 but when the doctor puts the machine on my finger the oxygen level is between 89 to any help hints please


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