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    I am currently 17, a female and am considering joining the British army after uni.

    I have very mild asthma and it hasn't troubled me since i was a little kid.
    But i am still on a prescription of inhalers from my doctor. I am supposed to take it twice a day but i haven't for at least a year. I literally go about my daily life without my inhaler and i play football and other sport so its not like I'm not active.

    The army website states that you can't join if you have "Asthma, strong asthma-like symptoms or treatment for related illnesses within the last four years."
    I have read somewhere else that this means you cannot be prescribed inhalers for at least 4 years prior to your admission.

    I have my annual asthma review soon and i am wondering what i should say to my doctor seen as i haven't been taking the inhalers all year ....
    I'm sure i remember her telling me last time that i should be taking them, because she could see that i hadn't been prescribed any in a while.
    But i don't see why i should take my inhalers when it doesn't seem like i need them.

    So if in a few years i wanted to join the army to be a medic, would i fail the medical due to my asthma history ...???
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    (Original post by anonomon)
    You usually have to be four years clear of any prescription. Don;t get drugs prescribed if you don't take them.

    When you apply you have to give consent for them to access your medical records, so you'll need to go four years without any contact with the NHS relating to it.
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