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PREPARING FOR A DOCTOR VISIT

Make the Most of your Doctor Visits

Keep your regular follow-up appointments. During checkups, your doctor will ask if your symptoms and peak flow have held steady, improved, or gotten worse. He or she will also ask if you have asthma attacks during exercise or at night. Your doctor may want to see how you use your peak flow meter and inhaler. This information can help your doctor know if your asthma category (link opens in new window)  has changed or if you need to change medicines or doses.

When you go to your doctor, here's what to bring:

  • Take your asthma action plan and your asthma diary, if you have one. Get answers to any questions you may have about your asthma plans or your symptoms. Let your doctor know if treatment is not controlling your asthma symptoms.
  • Tell your doctor if you are having trouble following your action plan.
  • Take your inhaler, spacer, or peak flow meter and medicines so your doctor can review your treatment and the way you use the meter and medicines. Your doctor or nurse may want to watch how you use these tools.
  • Take your inhaler, spacer, or peak flow meter. Your doctor or nurse may want to watch how you use these tools.
  • A list of all your medicines. Don't forget over-the-counter medicines and vitamins.
  • The names of any other doctors you've seen.
  • Any changes in your asthma since your last visit.
  • Your questions. Write them down ahead of time, so you don't forget.
  • Make sure you know how and when to call your doctor or go to the hospital.