Respiratory Care

Controlling your asthma

Asthma management devices can help deliver your or your child's medication more effectively while reducing side effects1, 2.

    Understanding how asthma management can help

    Why is it so important to manage your asthma?

    Many people living with asthma think their condition is managed well if symptoms flare up only occasionally, and assume that using an inhaler less means their asthma is more in control. In fact, that can mean your asthma treatment plan isn’t working as well as it should or that you aren’t adhering to it as prescribed. But side effects from taking medication—like the taste or the feel of it in the back of your throat—can discourage you from sticking to your plan.


    Asthma management devices can help deliver your or your child’s medication more effectively, while reducing side effects1,2. By getting the right level of medication to your lungs, at the right frequency your healthcare professional has prescribed, you can live life with fewer symptoms and more freedom.

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    The aim of treatment is to manage your asthma so that7:

    You have no or only minor daytime symptoms3
    You have no night-time waking with asthma symptoms3
    You don’t have to use your rescue inhaler more than 2x a week to treat your symptoms3
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    Are you in control of your asthma?

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    The Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) recommends using questions such as the following to assess asthma control7:

    1. If you or your child has asthma, do you or your child have coughing, wheezing, or chest tightness more than twice a week? Yes or No
    2. If you or your child has asthma, does it limit you or your child from participating in sports or normal physical activities?  Yes or No 
    3. If you or your child has asthma, do you or your child wake up at night with asthma symptoms?  Yes or No 
    4. If you or your child has asthma, do you or your child use your rescue inhaler more than twice a week to treat asthma symptoms?  Yes or No 
    If you answered yes to any of these questions, your or your child’s asthma may not be well controlled and you should schedule an appointment with your healthcare professional to discuss symptoms and review your asthma action plan.

    Aiming for the green zone on your asthma action plan

    An asthma action plan is a document that you can create together with your healthcare professional that outlines when and how much asthma controller medication you or your child should take daily to manage your condition, how often to use reliever medication and what additional steps to take if symptoms get worse.

    A simple green-yellow-red format makes it easy to track whether you are doing well or getting worse, and what to do about it. Used along with a peak flow meter to track your lung function, the action plan can help you stick with your treatment for better overall asthma management.
    Aiming for the green zone
    The three zone traffic light system with Philips PersonalBest peak flow meter
    Improve medication delivery
    Improved medication delivery

    Medicine often ends up in your mouth, throat and stomach when using an inhaler on its own. A valved holding chamber (sometimes called a spacer) may improve drug delivery to the lungs where it is needed by as much as up to 4 times4.


    Getting the right amount of medication can help reduce day-to-day symptoms and keep you in the green zone2.

    Track your peak flow for better control of your asthma
    Track your peak flow for better control of your asthma
    A peak flow meter is used to measure how fast you blow out air from your lungs.

    A peak flow meter is also used to determine if your asthma symptoms are putting you into the yellow or red zone of your asthma action plan.
    Get medication to your lungs  where it is needed
    Get medication to your lungs where it is needed
    Your healthcare professional may prescribe reliever medication delivered by a pMDI inhaler or nebulizer for breathing treatment of worsening asthma symptoms. Nebulizers turn liquid medication into a fine mist that is more easily absorbed into your lungs. The goal is to get your or your child back to the green zone and doing well.

    InnoSpire Go

    Portable mesh nebulizer

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    Delivers medication in as little as 4 minutes6
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    Sleek, streamlined design and easy operation
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    Virtually silent delivery of medication, at home or on the go
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    Simple two-part construction for easy cleaning
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    Built-in rechargeable battery delivers up to 30 treatments (120 minutes of use) per charge
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    Fast, effective and easy to use, the InnoSpire Go portable mesh nebulizer is designed to shorten asthma treatment time by 25%5, so your medication can be delivered in as little as four minutes.6 Virtually silent, InnoSpire Go is small, portable, discreet and can be used anywhere.
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    Ask your healthcare progessional or pharmacist about asthma management

    Ask your healthcare professional or pharmacist about asthma management

    Your healthcare professional or pharmacist can be valuable resources for understanding the use and benefit of including asthma management devices as part of an asthma action plan. Some asthma management devices are available only with prescription.

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    [1]  Newman, S.P., et al. Improvement of pressurized aerosol deposition with Nebuhaler spacer device. Thorax, 1984; 39(12) 935-41

    [2] Advice/inhalersmedicines.treatments/inhalers-and-spacers. Accessed January 2016.

    [3] Advice/manage-your-asthma. Accessed January 2016.  

    [4] Gardenhire D., Arzu A., Dean H., Myers T. A guide to aerosol delivery devices for respiratory therapists 3rd edition, American Association for Respiratory Care, 2013. 

    [5] Versus predecessor, Aeroneb Go.

    [6] Using 2.5ml salbutamol.
    [7] 2017-gina-report-global-strategy-for-asthma-management-and-prevention. Assessment of Asthma page 29. Accessed November 2017.