Amber Pharmacy’s Asthma Center of Excellence offers personalized patient care, access to needed medications and the clinical support necessary to promote medication adherence and compliance. Each asthma patient is assigned a healthcare team. This team has extensive experience in asthma and provides support for the clinical, physical, financial, educational and emotional needs of patients and their caregivers.
Amber Pharmacy is Here to Help
The challenges associated with asthma can be difficult for patients to manage. Our asthma team is here to serve as your advocate. Amber Pharmacy’s enrollment and benefit coordinators will help you with your insurance coverage and will work with you to find the best way to pay for your medication. Personal care coordinators will remind you when it’s time to refill your medication so you receive the most effective treatment possible. At Amber Pharmacy, we’re always here to help.
“I’ve spoken to several mothers of children with severe asthma. Before medications like Xolair®, their children could barely leave the house, missed a lot of school, were often hospitalized and definitely couldn’t play sports. After Xolair®, they were able to attend school, play sports, no longer visiting the ER and were eventually able to cut back on their meds!”
— Rusty Helser, Pharm.D.
Amber Pharmacy Clinical Pharmacist
Frequently Asked Questions about Asthma
Asthma is a long-term disease that inflames and narrows the airways of the lungs. Asthma may cause the linings of your airways to become swollen, in addition to causing the muscles around them to become tight. Sometimes the swelling and tightness can feel intense and make it hard to breathe. When the feeling of tightness or trouble breathing occurs it is called an asthma attack. Because asthma attacks can be serious, it’s important to work with your doctor on controlling your asthma.
Each person may experience different asthma symptoms. Symptoms can vary in frequency and intensity. Common symptoms of asthma include:
- Chest tightness
- Shortness of breath
There are several types of medications that treat asthma. This includes long-term medications and rescue medications. Long-term medications control asthma on a day-to-day basis. Rescue medications are to be used in the event of an asthma attack. Always follow your asthma plan as directed by your doctor.
To manage your asthma, your doctor may prescribe medication. It’s very important to take your medication as directed and limit the number of missed doses in order to control your asthma.
Knowing what triggers your asthma can also help you manage it. Triggers range for each person and can include poor air quality, stress, the common cold, food sensitivities, exercise or the weather. Indoor and outdoor allergens can also trigger asthma. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about the best ways to avoid your triggers.
Depending on the medication your doctor prescribes, you may experience side effects. Medication can affect each patient differently. Amber Pharmacy works with patients to help manage any side effects that occur. It’s important to discuss any side effects that you experience with your pharmacist or doctor.
Depending on what your doctor prescribes, you may have to inject your medication at home. If so, your pharmacy will review injection techniques with you. Standard injection techniques include:
- Clean the injection site.
- Let the skin dry.
- Pinch or stretch the skin (depending on your medication and injection site).
- Take a deep breath to relax.
- Insert the needle using a quick dart-like motion.
- Inject the medication.
- Wait to withdraw the needle until all of the medication is injected.
- Once you withdraw the needle, gently apply pressure with a sterile swab.
- Apply a Band-Aid.
- Properly dispose of used needles/syringes.
- Document that you took your medication.
Each medication has its own special considerations and instructions that your pharmacist will go over with you. If you have questions about your injection technique, be sure to ask your pharmacist.
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We have extensive clinical expertise and experience working with patients with asthma. In all that we do we provide respectful, reliable, patient-centered care.