Asthma Action Plans

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Everyone with asthma needs his or her own Asthma Action Plan. Work with your health care provider to create a plan that works for you. Your goal is to prevent and control your asthma attacks. Be sure to include the three zones created by the National Institutes of Healthexternal icon in your plan: Green for when you’re doing well, Yellow for when your asthma is getting worse, and Red for a medical alert.

Doing Well

  • I don’t have cough, wheezing, chest tightness, or trouble breathing at any time.
  • I can do all the things I usually do.
  • When I use a peak flow meter my peak flow* is more than 80 percent or more of my best peak flow.
  • Continue taking your long-term control medicine.

Asthma Is Getting Worse

  • I have some cough, wheezing, chest tightness, or trouble breathing. Or
  • I wake up at night because of my asthma. Or
  • I can’t do some of the things I usually do. Or
  • When I use a peak flow meter my peak flow* is half to three quarters of my best peak flow.
  • Add your quick-relief medicine and continue your long-term control medicine.
  • If your symptoms get better after an hour keep checking them and continue your long-term control medicine.

Medical Alert!

  • I have a lot of trouble breathing. Or
  • My quick-relief medicines don’t help. Or
  • I can’t do any of the things I usually do. Or
  • I was in the yellow zone for 24 hours and I’m not getting better. Or
  • When I use a peak flow meter my peak flow* is less than half of my best peak flow.
  • Add the other medicines your doctor has prescribed and call your doctor.
  • If your symptoms don’t get better and you can’t reach your doctor, go to the hospital.

*Peak flow measurement is a quick test to measure air flowing out of the lungs.

Print and Fill Forms

These plans are easy to use. Select the one that is best for you, print a copy and fill in the information requested.

Electronic Forms

Open these forms online and fill in all the required information before you print them out.

Computer-based interactive plan

Follow these step-by-step instructions to create a customized Asthma Action Plan.

Page last reviewed: April 13, 2020