The objectives of the treatment will depend on whether you suffer from asthma or suffer from COPD, however, the purpose of your treatment will always be that you feel better and improve your quality of life.
Guidelines have been developed to control asthma, in general the goals of asthma treatment are listed as21:
Prevent long-term symptoms such as coughing or shortness of breath at night or after exercise.
Maintain lung function close to the best measure
Allow the person to participate in all daily activities, including exercise
Prevention of repeated asthma attacks
Provide the best treatment with the least amount of side effects
On the other hand, although COPD is a chronic disease and has no cure, the action plan is based on monitoring illness, reducing risk factors, managing symptoms and crises.
In addition to the above, the objectives of the treatment22 are based on:
Reduce the chronic symptoms of the disease
Decrease the frequency and severity of crisis
Improve the prognosis of the disease
Long-term prevention and control are the key to reducing or stopping asthma and crisis attacks in COPD. The treatment also includes identifying detonators and taking measures to eliminate them or prevent them from getting in contact with them. To this is added the use of medications that most asthmatics need.
Do not worry more about your treatment. Patients with asthma and COPD should be used to determine if it is treated in a stricter manner. Plans for COPD therapy may include breathing strategies, energy conservation techniques, and nutritional counseling.
The types of medications used for COPD have,
Before taking your medication, tell your doctor if you have ever had
Any allergic reaction to any medication
Immune system weakened by diseases or medications
Also, tell your doctor if you are taking any other asthma medication, which is over-the-counter. If you are a woman and you are pregnant or breast-feeding, it is important that you tell your doctor.
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU KNOW YOUR MEDICATIONS, WE GIVE YOU THESE TIPS24
Learn more about the medications you take, this implies name and dosage.
Keep your medications in the original container.
Do not substitute medications prescribed by your doctor for over-the-counter products
Talk to your doctor if you need over-the-counter decongestants
If you change medications try to remove the old ones from the new ones to avoid confusion
REMEMBER TO CONTINUE WITH YOU TREATMENT
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) there are approximately 235 million people in the world who suffer from asthma and 251 million people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), you are not alone.
Both asthma and COPD are diseases that last for a lifetime, symptoms may vary and may improve if you are a smoker and stop smoking and take your medications as prescribed by the doctor.
WE GIVE YOU A SERIES OF TIPS THAT WILL MAKE IT EASIER FOR YOU TO TAKE YOUR MEDICATIONS24
Create a daily routine to take your medications
You can use a list or a piece of paper to write down when and what medications you should take.
You can place alarm or reminders on your cell phone or watch.
Plan to replace your medications when they are about to end.
16. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. (2019). COPD. Retrieved from NIH: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/copd
23. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research . (2019). Asma. Retrieved from Mayo Clinic: https://www.mayoclinic.org/es-es/diseases-conditions/asthma/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20369660
22. Miravitlles, M., Soler-Cataluña, J., Calle, M., Molina, J., Almagro, P., Quintano, J., . . . Ancochea, J. (2012). Guía Española de la EPOC (GesEPOC). Tratamiento farmacológico de la EPOC estable. Archivos de Bronconeumología, 48(7), 247-257.
24. National Jewish Health. (2019). Control de los Medicamentos. Retrieved from NJH: https://www.nationaljewish.org/health-insights/espanol/control-de-los-medicamentos