Let's talk about side effects for a moment.
Every kind of medicine, even aspirin, can
have some side effects. A doctor can help you by finding ways to control
side effects. When it comes to asthma medicines, it is important to
check regularly with a doctor to make sure that these medicines are helping
you. Sometimes you may have some side effects, such as a sore
throat, nervousness, nausea, rapid heartbeat, loss of appetite, or staying
awake. Tell a doctor if you feel this way. The doctor may want to change
your dose, or try a different asthma medicine.
The purpose of asthma medicines is to help you feel better and control your asthma so that you can do what you want to do without asthma getting in your way.
There is another kind of treatment that can be important to you if your asthma attacks get started by allergies. This treatment is called hyposensitization therapy or allergy shots. These shots may be helpful to you in preventing your asthma attacks. On the other hand, the kinds of things that you do are just as important as the kinds of medicines that you take. You can help yourself when you try to avoid or get rid of the things that make you allergic, such as dust, feathers or animal fur. By doing this, you really take control and make it possible for your asthma medicines to work successfully.