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Initial Therapy

If you have bronchial asthma and your doctor has newly diagnosed it, the following treatment should be initiated:

  • If the symptoms occur less than twice a month, treatment is carried out according to step 1.
  • If the symptoms occur twice a month or more often, but not daily, treatment is carried out according to step 2.
  • If you have symptoms every day or almost every day, or if you wake up at night due to asthma at least once a week, treatment will be carried out according to step 3.
  • If you have symptoms every day or almost every day, or if you wake up at night with asthma at least once a week and your lung function is poor (FEV1 <60%), treatment is carried out according to step 4.
  • If you have constant or almost constant complaints, treatment is carried out according to step 5.

In addition, general (including non-drug) therapeutic measures should be taken: see General measures.

After 14 days, an initial check is carried out to determine how well the therapy has worked. Should it be necessary due to your complaints, a check can be carried out earlier (see also long-term treatment).

After three months, the intensity of the therapy can be reduced if the asthma is under control (see long-term management).

Prof. a.D. Dr. Andreas Sönnichsen

Andreas Sönnichsen

Head of the Department of General Medicine and Family Medicine, Center for Public Health, Medical University of Vienna

Prof. a.D. Dr.

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