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Managing your asthma

An asthma action plan helps you to manage your asthma.

You make this plan with your doctor (this could be your GP or hospital doctor) or practice nurse.

The plan includes information on:

  • your prescriptions and how to take them
  • how to control your symptoms
  • what to do if you have an asthma attack
  • how to know if your symptoms are getting worse and what to do
  • emergency contact information

You should keep your asthma action plan up to date.

Add information about any visits to your GP and the emergency department (ED), and any changes to your prescriptions.

Get your doctor to check your plan at your asthma review appointment. You should have a review appointment once a year.

Share it with others

Share your asthma action plan with family, people at work, your sports team, or people at your gym. That way they can know what to do if you have an asthma attack.

Check it monthly

Put a monthly reminder in your phone or diary to check that:

  • you’re taking your medicines
  • you know what to do if your symptoms get worse

Download an asthma action plan from Asthma Ireland (PDF, 330KB, 2 pages)

You can call the Asthma Advice line on 1800 44 54 64 to ask for a plan.

Page last reviewed: 9 October 2020
Next review due: 10 December 2023

This project has received funding from the Government of Ireland’s Sláintecare Integration Fund 2019 under Grant Agreement Number 9.