Ramadan Advice for People with Asthma
Ramadan begins on 20th July 2012 and lasts for a month. Although Islamic rules state that people with chronic conditions are permitted not to fast, some Muslims choose to do so and confusion exists about whether using an inhaler constitutes breaking the fast.
Studies have also shown that in the past people have not received any particular information about changing their treatment during this time.
The Asthma Society of Ireland offers the following advice for people with asthma observing Ramadan:
- Speak to your Imam for advice about continuing your asthma medicine throughout Ramadan
- You should have an asthma action plan. This is a written plan, which you discuss with your doctor or asthma nurse. It shows you how to adjust your medication, up or down, according to worsening or improving symptoms and peak flow readings. It should be a plan to suit your lifestyle.
- Remember to carry your blue reliever inhaler with you at all times
- Remember to drink enough water. Getting dehydrated will make asthma worse
- If you choose not to use your inhalers in daylight hours it may be reasonable to take your preventer inhaler before sunrise and after sundown.
- If you have adjusted your medicines for Ramadan and you begin to feel worse, please see your doctor or asthma nurse as soon as you can.
- Remember, never stop taking your asthma medicine without speaking to your doctor first .
If you would like to speak to an asthma nurse specialist, call the Asthma Adviceline in confidence on 1850 44 54 64, Monday to Friday from 10am-1pm.