If you’ve had an asthma attack, you know how important it is to prevent future attacks with long-term asthma management. Still, asthma is a complex condition, and there’s no one single treatment for people with moderate to severe symptoms.

Consider the following options for your long-term asthma management and discuss them with your doctor at your next appointment.

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The takeaway

Moderate to severe, persistent asthma is best treated with long-term medications to reduce the risk of complications like an asthma attack. But it’s still important to have your rescue inhaler on hand if needed. At the same time, quick-relief medications shouldn’t replace long-term controllers. You and your doctor will determine the right balance to achieve better breathing in the long run.