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Not always. You will probably take more medicine when you begin treatment to get control of your asthma. After a while, you and your doctor will learn which medicine(s) control your asthma best and how much you need. Once your asthma is well controlled, it may be possible to reduce the amount of medicine you take. The goal of this step-down method is to gain control of your asthma as soon as possible and then control it with as little medicine as possible. Once long-term, anti-inflammatory therapy begins, your doctor will want to monitor you every 1 to 6 months.
For more detailed asthma information please see the asthma section of the CHEO website.
Contact the Ontario Lung Association’s Asthma Action Helpline at 1-800-668-7682 or http:///Our-Programs/Asthma-Action/ . Ask the Ontario Lung Association for a free copy of the booklet “Asthma in Children,” written by Dr. Tom Kovesi from CHEO (you can also download the book at https:////Guest/?IDS=2TZ9nC86zWX66jBQitBETw%3d%3d ).
Contact the Ontario Lung Association’s Ottawa regional office, 2319 St. Laurent Blvd., Suite 500 (at Thurston Dr), phone 613-230-4200. The Lung Association has free, personalized asthma education sessions for children and their families, delivered by a certified asthma educator.