Many students with asthma require two different medications: one for daily
control and prevention, the other to treat and relieve symptoms. These medications
are usually taken by metered-dose inhaler.
Preventive asthma medications are taken daily and usually can be scheduled
for before and after school hours. However, some students may need to take
preventive daily medication during school hours.
All students with asthma need to have their medication that relieves symptoms
available at school in case of unexpected exposure to asthma triggers, or an
In addition, students with asthma often benefit from using their inhaled medication
5 - 10 minutes before exercise. If accessing the medication is difficult, inconvenient,
or embarrassing, the student may be discouraged and fail to use the inhaler
The student's asthma may become unnecessarily worse and their activities needlessly
Actions for school staff to consider
- Provide students with convenient access to their asthma medications for
all on- and off-site activities before, during, and after school. These medications
prevent as well as treat symptoms and enable the student to participate safely
and vigorously in physical activities.
- Enable students to carry and administer their own medications if the parent/guardian,
health care provider, and school nurse so advise.
Created by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
Review Date: 5/16/2007
Reviewed By: Alan Greene, M.D., F.A.A.P., Department of Pediatrics, Packard Children's Hospital, Stanford University School of Medicine; Chief Medical Officer, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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