Making Treatment Decisions

When you are diagnosed with asthma, you may have many questions and the answers may not always be clear at first.  Here are some resources to help you answer questions such as "What does this medical information mean to me?"  Everyone who has asthma is not the same and the options for treatment are not the same.  We want you to be able to find the information you need, at the time you need it.

Please be sure to revisit our site whenever your treatment changes or you just need to know more.

Asthma Profiler 

Use this FREE interactive decision support tool to help you understand your treatment options.  You will receive a personalized treatment options report tailored to your diagnosis. Your report will provide the pros and cons of each treatment and possible side effects with questions to ask your doctor, plus access to reports based on medical research papers.

Weigh the pros and cons of asthma treatment options with our free interactive decision support tool

Asthma Medicines

There are a variety of medicines available to treat asthma.  What is important to know is that there is no "best" medicine for all people.  Each person's asthma is different and your doctor and health care team will work with you to set up the best plan for you, based upon your symptoms and your needs.  By taking the right medicine at the right time, you can:

  • Breathe better
  • Do more of the things you want to do
  • Have fewer asthma symptoms

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Protecting Your Health

With asthma, a cold or other respiratory infection can become very serious.  There are several things you can do to protect yourself:

  • Wash your hands often
  • Use hand sanitizer
  • Avoids crowds during the cold and flu season
  • Ask extended family members and friends to be considerate of your asthma and the need to protect yourself from infection and keep visits to when they are healthy.
  • Good oral hygiene can protect you from the germs in your mouth leading to infections.  Brush your teeth at least twice a day and see your dentist at least every 6 months.
  • Get vaccinated.

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Prescription Assistance

Millions of Americans have difficulty affording health care, including prescription medicines.  Many people lack health insurance and simply do not have the money to pay for the medicines they need.  Fortunately, there are services available that can help. >> Learn more

Finding Health Care Coverage

Millions of Americans are without health care coverage.  For many of them, there are options for coverage and they don't even know it.  There is a guide to helping American navigate through their options for public and private health insurance.  For more information on your state's health coverage options, call the U.S. toll-free helpline 1-800-234-1317 or go to www.coverageforall.org, sponsored by the Foundation for Health Coverage Education®.

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies that test how well new medical approaches work in people. Each study answers scientific questions and tries to find better ways to prevent, screen for, diagnose, or treat a disease. People who take part in clinical trials for asthma have an opportunity to contribute to knowledge of, and progress against asthma. They also receive up-to-date care from experts. >> Learn more

Asthma Clinical Research Centers (ACRC)

"Participating in studies for most people is a new and eye-opening experience.  It's an extraordinary opportunity for people to learn more about asthma, how to manage their symptoms better and possibly uncover a better treatment for asthma."

- ACRC Principal Investigator

The American Lung Association-Asthma Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) network is a nationwide research group of 18 centers.  As an American Lung Association-sponsored research program, it is uniquely positioned to conduct large clinical trials that will provide immediate and useful information for people who have asthma.  In just a few years, the American Lung Association-Asthma Clinical Research Center network has contributed crucial knowledge in the quest to help people with asthma. >> Learn more