Add-on asthma treatments

Sometimes you might need extra treatments to help you manage your asthma better. Your GP might call these 'add-on' treatments or 'add-on' therapies.

Most people manage their asthma well by taking their preventer medicine every day, and using their reliever inhaler when they get symptoms.

But if you’re taking your preventer inhaler exactly as prescribed, and avoiding triggers like cigarette smoke, but still getting symptoms, your GP may consider an add-on treatment.

Montelukast, long-acting bronchodilators, and theophylline are all examples of add-on treatments that could help you manage your asthma better.

If your GP thinks you would benefit from an add-on treatment, they will talk through the best option for you.

Last updated January 2021

Next review due January 2024

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