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Lunesta is not my sleepy time pill. Nasonex is not my sniffle stopper.

Why does albuterol need a pet name? Are people with asthma so smart about their pills and nasal sprays that we can learn those names, when to take them, and how they should work, but too slow to learn the word albuterol?

Patients need to look at the prescription, look at the canister, and see the same name is on both. You won't find the word "rescue" in either place. So what drug did the doctor mean when he/she said, rescue? Which one do they use?

What word should be used in place of rescue? The name the emergency department physician will ask for when they check in at the hospital because the "rescue" medication didn't work. The name of the canister the parents found on the floor in their son's bedroom the morning he died.

Freedom from asthma is not a medicated puff away. It's an accurate evaluation, a written treatment plan, and a command of the facts and how to apply them to daily life. The NIH Asthma Guidelines no longer use the term. Neither should anyone else. That's what I think. What about you?

Guest editorial from Nancy Sander, president and founder, Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA)