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Over-the-counter treatment for Asthma?

I have asthma, and a problem--I've been weezing and short of breath since last night, and ran out of my albuterol. I'm currently in a different state than my doctor and can't refill my subscription.

Do any of you know of an over-the-counter treatment for Asthma that might help? It's not a full on attack, just shortness of breath and a little weezing...
  OTC asthma inhalers are either very short lasting (a few minutes) or too low a dose to be affective..

Those prescribed inhalers are better.. Go consult a GP and get a new prescription from him..
I have a question for asthmatics?
I was reading up on Asthma and the symptoms are too general. So, what are your common symptoms, specifically?

Are their any over-the-counter inhalers/treatment(s) for Asthma?
  Difficulty breathing, like to take a deep breath it takes longer to get all the air in. Even then, if doesn't feel like you've inhaled all the way, like something is stopping you before you finish the inhalation.

During an asthma attack, you get very tired because you can't get enough oxygen in.

There is only one over-the-counter inhaler and it's going to be pulled from the shelves soon. They are changing the formula so it doesn't have chorofluorocarbon (CFC) propellants.

So it might be awhile before it comes back again.

fyi albuterol is not a steroid but albuterol is what you need, it opens up the airways so you can breathe again. Primatene is similar.

People also take corticosteroids sometimes called qvar or pulmicort. But these re not over-the-counter medications.
Am I having panic attacks in my sleep or asthma? Confused, please help?
I wake up in the morning with what feels like I am having a bad asthma attack. Shortness of breath to the point I use my inhaler. I am in a deep sleep and wake up with this often in the morning. Then after I do treatment to the asthma symptoms it feels like I did not sleep at all the entire night the rest of the day. I do recall when I wake up I do feel a bit panicky. However, my Dr. stated it sounds more like I am having panic attacks in my sleep that is provoking like symptoms of asthma since it only occurs during this time. He also said it's not too common asthma patients have asthma attacks while they sleep.

I do have lucid night mares often about my ex boyfriend in the past where I was in a really bad abusive relationship with. They are about the things he did to me. Any suggestions or thoughts here? Should I try an over the counter sleep aid see if that helps?

  The way you describe the attack does not sound like a panic attack to me. In my own personal experience with panic attacks they usually occurred before I am in the deep sleep faze. I have very lucid dreams because of my medication and I never remember having dreams before a nocturnal panic attack. When I'm having a panic attack, I wake very suddenly. Shortness of breath is prevalent, but it really the least of my worries. It isn't just a panicky feeling, it is a terrifying experience. I'm positive that I am going to die or go crazy. Nocturnal panic attacks are worse than normal attacks for me, because I am still not fully awake and I'm completely confused and out of it, while I know what is happening during the daytime and can take control of the attack. For me, they usually last anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes long, though it always seems much longer. I can't sleep for days afterword because I'm worried it will happen again. You described it as feeling a "bit panicky", but if you had had a nocturnal panic attack, it would be way more then a bit.

Experiences vary from person to person, however, but being a "bit panicky" does not constitute a panic attack. It just doesn't sound like a panic attack. I'm no doctor, though. If it continues to happen, I would go see another doctor with your problem and see what he/she recommends. If it is panic attacks, sleep aids will not help (they will help you sleep, but they cannot stop a panic attack). For your sake, I really hope it isn't panic attacks.
What to do during Asthma attack?
I have not been diagnosed with Asthma, but suspect it. I have severe allergies all my life and lately have been noticing some light wheezing at times when I breathe. I have no insurance so medical treatment is not optional at this time.

So my questions is, what does a person do if they have an attack? Are their medications you can get (inhalers) over the counter for an emergency? Anything else people do during attacks?
  well i would first say go to a doctor, but since you don't want to go due to insurance there are some ways to help when you feel an asthma attack coming on.
drink coffee, eat chocolate caffine is supposed to help. When i had a really bad asthma attack and didn't have my inhaler they gave me pepsi and m&m's.
I'm not sure if they give albuterol over the counter, but you can always ask the pharmacy or look it up.
Is this the correct asthma treatment for severe asthma?
I was diagnosed with severe asthma. I have had asthma my entire life, but it has gotten much worse the last few years. I have recently been diagnosed with a lot of allergies this year, some even food, which I know to avoid. I just want to know if anyone else out there is on this same treatment or similar for my type of asthma.
I take Advair 500/50 2 times a day
Singular 1 time a day
Allegra D 2 times a day
Spiriva 1 time a day
Fluticasone inhaled 2x daily
Albuetrol as needed
Considering Theophylline or Aminophylline if symptoms do not improve.
Thanks for you help.
April E
  Consider prednisone too. Theophylline and aminophylline have gone out of popularity but were used a lot just a few years ago.
I have been on prednisone for years and yes, there are side effects but I wouldn't want to do without it.
God bless.
Primatene Mist for Exercise Induced Asthma?
Does taking Primatene Mist before exercising prevent the symptoms of exercise induced asthma from occurring? Are there any other over-the-counter drugs that can be taken prior to exercising that will prevent the symptoms?
I know asthma is a serious disease and that successful treatment over time requires getting sound medical advice from an expert. I'm just asking about a one or two time, short-term solution. Thanks.
  That product has worked for me... i have mild asthma tho. I found some good info here:
Paul J
Im 20 yrs old, recently takin off my parents medical. I have severe Asthma, which went away for a couple yrs, but is back in full swing and even worse. I went to the ER and did a treatment, and I was prescriped 2 inhalers, which I used in 2 weeks (HORRIBLE) I couldn't afford the predisone since my inhalers were 80$$ I need help, I can live threw the ER and I no longer have money for more inhalers and meds since im so sick and can not breath I no longer can work. I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO!!! right now im using a over the counter inhaler which makes me vomit, and doesn't work as good. How do I get some real medical help??
  I also have asthma and was prescribed to use ventolin inhalers.
Well, you can also use a nebulizer if your just at home.
Constant dry cough that keeps coming back?
For the past two years, I've had this painful, dry cough that comes and goes. I get it a lot during the fall, winter, and spring, but am cough-free during the summer. Usually, my cough is accompanied by a sinus infection (which I have gotten three times in the past year, and have repeatedly taken antibiotics for) but I don't always get the cough with the sinusitis. I've gotten an x-ray of my lungs and they're fine, and I've received treatment for asthma, but the cough won't go away. I often get coughing fits followed by dizziness and chest pain. in general, my mid-section and throat hurts a lot from all the coughing.

**I've tried various medications, from over-the-counter cough and cold medicines, and even ones prescribed to me by my doctor, including Advair and Singulair for the "asthma", and amoxocillin for the sinus infections
  I suffered the same thing,only it lasted for 15 years. Nothing helped. I just happened to see Dr. Oz on Oprah a few years ago showing how to use a neti pot. Did some on line research and got one. Within 2 days my cough cleared up and has not returned. Now understand this is only my experience,but it is worth a try. This is where I ordered the neti pot(it's stainless steel) plus a dvd comes with it: very helpful. A plus,I haven't had a cold since I started using it......hope you try it.
massage therapist
Does anybody know of any over the counter inhalers besides primatene mist?
Need some help here, have bad asthma and I dont have insurance anymore, primatene mist just gives me a asthma attack whenever I use it.
  There is ventilin ( not sure how you spell it) you can get . Or advair.
Just ask you`re doctor about them.
If you have asthma, Have you ever taken antihistamines.........?
to treat your asthma? And did it help in any way? Antihistamines like Benadryl, Claritin, Chlor-Trimeton, etc.
Im asking here for experience with asthma and antihistamines because myself, even though I have allergies, antihistamines never worked for me. Also, Asthma is caused by things other than allergies.
Well, I find it hard to believe that cold air and exercise are allergic reactions which cause asthma attacks. If they are and if everything is an allergic reaction, tell me this, why don't antihistamines work on asthma?
That last detail was directed to Matt
  Asthma is an allergy. Asthma is caused by the autoimmune systems response to a trigger. Asthma can be caused by a standard allergen like dust or it can be triggered by other triggers such as cold air, infection, presume. No matter what the trigger is, the reaction is still an allergic reaction.

Asthma is an allergic reaction. Mast cells degranulate and releasing histamines and leukotrienes along with other inflammatory chemicals. You can help prevent asthma attacks by taking anti-histamines on a regular basis. It will help a little. Leukotrienes are 800 times more irritating to the airway then histamines are.

You can take a Leukotriene modifier (Singulair, Aculade, Zyflo) to help block Leukotrienes but you will need a prescription for one of these.
Matt A
When do I stop using my asthma inhaler?
I had asthma as a child and then grew out of it. Then in high school it came back as I ran track and field. In both periods I used both an albuterol inhaler and another one called QVAR 80. I don't really need them anymore now that I'm not really running, and I don't notice the asthma much at all in my everyday life unless I'm under a lot of stress. So should I just keep using both inhalers until the asthma goes away completely, or is it safe to just stop using it now if the asthma doesn't bother me?
  You should only use it when you need it. A good idea is to have it on you at all times.
Quit smoking and asthma got worse ! ! :(?
I am 36 and quit smoking about a month ago. Right after I quit my asthma went out of control. I have had asthma sense I was 12 and it was only out of control once and only for a day. My asthma has been out of control for a month now my doctor put me on a lot of stuff Alupent (didn’t work) Advair ( allergic to) Atrovent ( didn’t work) Prednisone (didn’t do much) and now albuterol which is not really working at all. I go through a bottle a week. I do not have insurance so I used Primatene mist for years and it worked great but now it seems to cause my asthma to get worse. My albuterol makes me cough like crazy when I try to use it but I do have an asthma cough. I don’t wheeze I cough always have. I have had chest x-rays (clear) EKG (perfect). My doctor put me on an antibiotic just in case but nothing changed. I do not have bronchitis. Has anyone else ever had this happen?
Ps. I will never go back to smoking ever... The cough is a dry cough no gunk
ebike/vm colorado

I know it is really bad but if I don’t then I blow about 210 to a 190 on the PFM. If I stop using the rescue inhaler I end up in the ER!

Right now my Doc has me on Azmacort also but after 3 weeks it does not seem to be changing anything

Yes this all started right after I quit smoking before that I was using my inhaler only about 2 to 3 times a week and that was with over the counter Inhalers

I haven’t eaten anything new but we did move at about the same time

As for asthma triggers I tried once but gave up because at the time it seemed to be a lot of thing from exercise to pet to dust and pollen…

I quit about two and a half years ago and only started back up again after my mom died in April of this year and the last time I quit I was sick for a month but there where no changes in my asthma for the worse after a month my asthma all but went away.
  This is extremely common. I have asthma as well and when I quit smoking I got pneumonia for the first time in my life. You see, once the cilia in your in your bronchial passages, that have been plugged up with tar and all the other pollution you've been putting in there, get moving they have a lot of work to do to clean out the mess you've been leaving all these years. And some inflammation results and your body has to try to deal with this. So your body is rejecting all this stuff, tissues are getting inflamed, and excess mucous is one of the results. Hence the worsening of your asthma.

If you are able to find it, I highly recommend a product called Bell Allergy Relief, which is something meant to help with asthma. It provides very effective relief in situations where the puffers are hard to use or do not provide the needed relief.

If you can't find that product, then find or make a combination of the following ingredients: extracts of rosemarinic acid, basil, sage, mint, perilla, lobelia, quercetin, and rosemary.

Another supplement that can help you build up strong lungs is the cordyceps mushroom, which you can find in supplements in any health food store. This would not give immediate relief for the asthma like the above herbal combination, but it would help your lungs improve their oxygen uptake capacity over time.

Congratulations on quitting smoking! I know what a challenge it is; it's been 5 years for me now and I'm so glad I did even though the initial pneumonia had me wondering if I should just keep smoking. Hang in there. You can do it and your lungs will thank you in the end!!!
How to treat asthma and how to prevent allrgic asthma attacks?
I have always been sensitive to air pollution, smoke, dust, pollen and other things that trigger asthma. How can I help myselfwith asthma attacks?
donna belle p
  Do not smoke or allow smoking in your home - Babies exposed to tobacco smoke are more likely to get asthma. If a woman is exposed to tobacco smoke during pregnancy, her baby may also be more likely to get asthma.

If animal dander is a problem for you, keep your pet out of the house or at least out of your bedroom, or find it a new home.

If pollen is a problem for you, if possible, stay indoors with the air conditioner on, when the pollen count is high. Do not run the air-conditioning, whether in car or indoors, on the setting that draws in outside air and cools it. Outside air brings with it pollen, and cool, pollinated air is bad for asthma.

To control dust mites, wash your sheets, blankets, pillows, and stuffed toys once a week in hot water. You can get special dust proof covers for your mattress and pillows.

If cold air bothers you, wear a scarf over your mouth and nose in the winter.

There are a number of highly effective herbal and homeopathic remedies that may be used for the successful treatment of asthma and other respiratory conditions. Depending on the severity of the asthma, natural remedies can either reduce or completely eliminate the need for the synthetic drugs and are often used in conjunction with conventional medications as a part of a holistic treatment plan.

Herbal ingredients such as Matricaria recutita and Astralagus are known for their antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties, while homeopathic ingredients such as Mag. Phos. and Nat. Sulph are successful at easing chest and throat constriction and soothing mucous membranes while reducing the presence of phlegm in the chest. Used regularly, natural remedies can help improve respiratory health, reduce the incidence and severity of asthma attacks while strengthening the immune system.

You may get detailed info on the above here
What are the different types of asthma how many different types are there?
I have Bronchoal Asthma. My doctor said it is not like other asthma. He also said it was the worst form of asthma. I really don't use any breathing devices much anymre and I very rarly feel breathless
Corey D
  two types bronchial asthma & cardiac asthma. In ur case it is an hypersensitive reaction, the basophill bursts & realease a chemical & it constricts the broncii thus u feel breathless
apurba s
Are there any home treatments or over-the-counter medicines that will help asthma?
A long time ago (like ten or so years), I was given an inhaler becaue apparently, I had minor asthma. I was only a kid at the time. But the asthma wasn't a big deal. So I quit using my inhaler. Anyway, it comes back, off and on, and I'm suffering through it now. When it comes back, it lasts anywhere from a couple days to a couple weeks before I notice it's gone. I don't know if it could be allergy-related or what, since it comes back and leaves, comes back and leaves.

Anyway, It's been affecting me kinda badly the last couple days. But I don't have the money to make a doctor's appointment. Christmas wiped me out. Are there any home treatments or maybe OTC meds I can take?
Lil Dude
  Try hot coffee. Also, you can get Primatine Mist OTC. I wouldn't use it for an extended period of time, but it will help for now.
What is a good over the counter treatment for psoriasis?
I won't be able to see my dermatologist until January, and my psoriasis is spreading. My cream has run out. I'm using T-Gel shampoo for my scalp. I don't have anything for the psoriasis on my skin though. What is a good over the counter treatment that can keep it under control until January?
I've had psoriasis for a couple of years.
I used a topical medication from my dermatologist, but that ran out and she said she has to see me before I get another one prescribed.
  HI Sylvie

Here are some ideas on how to heal the issue.

Psoriasis is metabolic in nature and can be triggered by environmental or stressful conditions, poor diet, flu-like conditions, the administration of penicillin, and nutritional deficiencies. Patients with psoriasis are also a higher risk of rheumatoid diseases.

Psoriasis can be caused by food allergies, essential fatty acid deficiencies, low digestive enzyme and hydrochloric acid levels, vitamin B complex deficiencies, emotional stress, illness, drugs (such as beta-blockers, lithium, and chloroquine), poison ivy or oak, skin damage, and several infections, bacterial or viral in origin.


Natural Cures

Aromatherapy: The following essential oils are recommended: bergamot (to help heal skin plaques), lavender (to reduce excessive itching), melissa (for irritated skin), jasmine (for dry sensitive skin), geranium (for dry irritating skin), and sandalwood mysore (for dehydrated, inflamed, and sensitive skin).

Diet: Screen for and eliminate all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Eat a varied diet of organic, whole foods, rotating foods as much as possible. Eliminate wheat and wheat products for 1-3 months. Consume seafood high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, herring, and each day, on a rotating basis, take one tablespoon of olive or flaxseed oil, and be sure to drink plenty of pure, filtered water. Organic beef, venison, poultry, garlic, onions, parsley, organic plain yogurt, and sauerkraut are also recommended.

Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy Cream® applied topically can soothe symptoms.

Herbs: Combine equal parts of burdock, sarsaparilla, and cleavers tinctures and take one teaspoon three times a day. Silymarin (milk thistle) is also helpful for psoriasis due to its positive effects on liver function.

Homeopathy: Useful homeopathic remedies include Psorinum, Sulfur, Graphites, Cuprum met., and Arsen alb.

Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. I suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments.
*Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

Juice Therapy: The following juice combinations can be helpful: apple and carrot; beet, cucumber, and grape; and beet, carrot, burdock, yellowdock and garlic.

Lifestyle: Mild cases of psoriasis may be helped by daily exposure to sunlight. Frequent exercise is also recommended.

Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can be helpful: evening primrose oil, omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin B Complex, vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, folic acid, lecithin, zinc, and a multimineral supplement. Taking hydrochloric acid (HCL) with each meal can also be of use.

In Europe fumaric acid treatment in the form of fumaric acid tablets, ointment, lotion, and scalp lotions is widely used to reverse symptoms of psoriasis

Topical Treatment: Apply seawater to the affected skin several times daily. Linseed or avocado oil, aloe vera gel, and/or capsaicin cream applied topically can reduce the scaling, thickness, redness, and itching.

Best of health to you
Healing Oneself
I have very severe asthma and am severly allergic to dog?
and my soon to be husband in a week will be moveing his dog in to are new place. My asthma is realy bad I am on a breathing machine that I have to breath medicine from like albuterol and pulmicort. I take advair, clarinex, singulair,uniphyl that controls asthma, and sometimes I have to take prednisone. I explained to my man my asthma is very bad and he seems heart broken to get rid of the dog am I wrong for suggesting it? I take so much meds now and am afraid if we have the dog I will get worse.
  Before insisting the dog leave, you should make absolutely positive that it's the dog you are allergic to. If you haven't already, see an allergist for allergy testing. Maybe there's something else in your fiancee's place that is bothering you (e.g., dust mites).

My asthma/allergies are similarly severe (seven daily prescriptions) and I thought I was allergic to everything. After testing, I learned that my only allergies were to cats and dust mites. However, the dust mite allergy was so severe that it made me sensitive to everything else. Once I took measures to control my mite exposure, my environment became a lot less dangerous. I can now pet the neighbor's dog without having an asthma attack. Hopefully the same will be true for you! Good luck!

P.S. Congratulations on your wedding!
allergy sinus or asthma?
for quite some time ive been batteling sinus problems, coughing, etc.
had sinus surgery two years ago for deveated septum.... then over past year have had horrible cough.... drainage.... loss of voice... been seeing ENT, respitory doctor, and still trying to figure out the problem.
It doesn't seem so heady...meaning nose running, headache ect. its more like upper chest lower throat, a lot of constant coughing... and a wheezing sound in my vocals when i breath in and out.. tightness of the chest and shortness of breath.
i did every over the counter, cough medicine, and z packs....
now im gona do asthma test and allergy test...
does it sound to you like it could be allergy or asthma? and what are the treatments involved....
Boo Boo
  Sounds like you have uncontrolled allergies that can possibly be causing some asthma. You are headed down the right path in consulting with either an allergist or immunologist. These professionals can perform simple skin or blood tests to determine if your symptoms are being caused by allergy, and if so to which allergens you are reacting. Based on the results, they will give you a 3 pronged course of action. First will be allergy control/avoidance, second will be immunotherapy (not done if food allergy is the cause), third will be medication. If you are experiencing asthma they will prescribe medications that will decrease the inflammation in your airways so that you can breathe easier. For example, I am allergic to dust mites, if I am not controlling my allergies I am terribly ill. But, I follow the allergy control procedures for dust mite control (basically setting up a dust free bedroom with some bedding and washing in de-mite) and I rarely need medication.
Just for grins, I will give you a link about those nasty little microscopic creatures and a link to how to set up a dust mite allergy free bedroom so that you can see how simple it was for me to do and get well.
Good luck!
Queen of the Dust Mites
asthma question...?
i just got diagnosed with asthma. they put me on maxair.
(it is excersized induced asthma)
lets just say im going on the trampoline...
should i use the inhailor before i go on or when i cant breathe?
peacee-lovee-smiilee :)
  EIB (execise induced bronchospasm) should be treated prior to exercising ... I would take your dose at 30" prior to exercise ....

If you wait till your short of breath ... you are behind the eight ball so to speak ... you will be playing catch up and the ability to exercise would be compromised!
Ok if you have Asthma and you cant run or even walk a long distance without bein out of breathe and your pretty much healthy does that mean that you need to get a daily Asthma medicine from your doctor or what????? Please Help Me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My boyfriend has asthma and he's sick of the pills and inhalers. He would rather do something more natural to help it. Anyone have any ideas or do anything to help their asthma?
  The best non-medication treatment for asthma is to learn your triggers and avoid them. Asthma is an allergy. Allergies are triggered by irritants. If its pets, don't let the pet in the house or at least not in the bedroom. If its smoke, don't smoke or go places that are smoky. If you are unable to figure out your triggers, you will need prescription medications. Natural remedies just don't work most of the time. That said, a new study showed that a large amount of fish oil pills each day will help with relieving asthma symptoms. The test subjects were taking 12-15 fish oil pills each day.

Good luck
Matt A
Bad asthma that is not responding to medication?
So I had asthma as a child. Over time, I'm seemed to outgrow it. I'd still get wheezy when I had a cold, but I haven't needed my rescue inhaler in years. About 2 years ago, I started developing seasonal allergies. This year my allergies have been out of control. I managed to catch a cold and developed severe asthma again. I was put on antibiotics to prevent a possible case of pneumonia as well as a steroids, a rescue inhaler, over the counter allergy medication and sybcourt. My symptoms have improved and the cough I had has gone away but I still have lots of trouble breathing. My peak flow after all this hasn't improved since last week. However when I go to the doctor I get two nebulizer treatments and I usually feel much better but it seems to wear off in a couple of hours. I'm going in for a chest ex-ray in a couple days and returning to the doctor on Monday.

My question is, can all this really be caused by my asthma? What exactly is the doctor supposed to see with a chest ex-ray? I don't get it. If its possible pnemonia shouldn't the antibiotics have fought it off? Or could it just be a stubborn chest cold? I'm confused (and a bit of worrier).
  If it were me, I would not listen to anything the QRA practitioner said. Asthma is most often caused by reactions to things like allergens, cold air, exercise, upper respiratory infections (aka URI), etc which result in an asthma attack - not by toxins. All the things you said in your first paragraph sound very much like asthma treatment.

The chest x-ray is used to determine if you do have an upper respiratory infection of some sort or rule it out. Pneumonia is often caused by a virus, not a bacteria, and therefore can't be cured with antibiotics. However, a bacterial infection can set in afterwards - it's then you should take antibiotics, not before. BTW, you need to get a pneumovax vaccination in order to ward off a bacterial pneumonia in the future.

If your doctor has not sent you to have pulmonary function tests (with a methacholine challenge) he should - the methacholine challenge is the only way to tell for sure if it is asthma. Your doctor should also refer you to see a pulmonologist (aka respirologist in Canada) to get a better idea of what's going on and to monitor your asthma problems. One thing about still coughing - you can cough and cough and cough for weeks after an URI without it being pneumonia that carries on - it's part and parcel of living with a "twitchy" airway. You should also see an asthma educator who can help you set up an action plan so as to know how and when to take medications (esp puffers), and what to do if puffers don't help when you're feeling wheezy.

One note - whenever you get an upper respiratory infection- esp influenza or bronchitis - you really should go on prednisone right away, as these diseases will irritate your upper airways and induce an asthma attack - I know this from experience. Last year, I ended up in the hospital because of a major asthma attack. Another note - if you're smoking regular tobacco or weed, you need to stop now because it just makes matter worse for you. If you are living with someone else who smokes, you should encourage that person to quit, or to go outside rather than adding one more irritant to the air surrounding you.

I tend to be a worrier too - and I've made it OK thus far - you'll do fine too, I'm quite sure.
Uh-oh... I just did a nebulizer treatment and realized that it was EXPIRED!!
Hi, I'm actually about 3/4 of the way through an asthma treatment (DuoNeb, which is Albuterol and Atrovent all in 1), and it expired 3 months ago. It is the only stuff I have, and it has no refills because I rarely need to use it.

Is it alright or what?
James J
  I work in a Doctor's office, and as we tell our patients, you should not use anything that is expired because the effectiveness of the medication is probably gone. Since it expired 3 months ago and you are 3/4 the way through it; you should finish the treatment. If your symptoms don't get any better within the same amount of time they usually do, either call your Physician through their after hour exchange or go to the E.R. People always complain about the time spent/wasted and the cost of the E.R., but I would never put a cost on my life. (Not trying to be harsh.) If the treatment does help, wonderful. But you should call your Physician to get a refill on the nebulizer as soon as possible. Hope this helps.
Flovent doesn't help my asthma? Any others?
I am taking flovent 110 2 puffs twice a day. It isn't helping my asthma at all. I do not have an asthma specialist where I am currently at just a "regular" doctor who doesn't know much. Before ever messing with flovent or advair I was on aerobid and I seemingly remember never having a problem like this! Does anyone else notice flovent doesn't help their asthma or they needed another medication instead of flovent?
miz lily
  *raises hand* me me me. It does not help me at all. But my doctor is at rained specialist. I would get a second opnion. I just dont use mine anymore, its under my bed somewhere. =]

Hope I helped.
Is it possible that i might have asthma? I have spells where it seems hard to take a full breath and times where it doesnt bother me at all. And is it possible that it could spring up overnight? Cause i have had some problems before when running, but three days ago i just woke up with the problem in the morning, and it doenst bother me when im sleeping or right after i get up...What could i have? Asthma?
Lucky Cat
  I've had asthma for 19 years and what you describe does sound like it. Many things can trigger asthma and it's different for everyone. While running or waking up short of breath in the morning could affect one person, it doesn't mean someone else with asthma will have the same symptoms. Asthma can come and go and you can go through cycles where it's worse at one point and better at others.

The best thing to do is talk to your doctor and talk to him or her about your treatment options. You should get a rescue inhaler that you can use whenever you have an acute attack. They might recommend that you go on a daily preventative medicine, also.
Asthma Peak flow meter?
I just got a refill on my fast acting inhaler and noticed that is said to use with a peak flow meter. I got diagnosed with mild-moderate asthma when I was 11 and am now 16. I have never been told to use one or have even been told about it. I went to my doctor today and he said it is usually only for young kids who don't know how to manage their asthma very well. He told me I don't need one. However after doing some research it seemed like a good idea and it seems that plenty of older people have them. I am a competitive dancer and every time I go to a competition my mom wants me to take a couple doses of my fast acting before I dance but I don't know if I really need it and other times she thinks I have taken to much. I pretty much know my triggers though. I thought that the meter may help with these competition confusions. After telling my mom what the doctor said she pretty much just dropped the idea. Does it seem like I could benefit from this or am I just going over board with the tools?

If it helps I take singulair daily I also use alvesco daily ( or I should be) and I have bricanyl turbuhaler for fast acting
Also would it be okay to use one after my doctor has told me I don't need to? I believe they are just over the counter
Stephanie V
  As an asthma educator, we recommend them to most everyone with asthma.
What is the best asthma inhaler or anything that can help asthma?
i have tried everything.

albuteral inhaler
cingulair pill

please help nothing works and i get asthma attacks every time i run!
thanks a bunch i will give the best answer to the person that has personal experience and an explanation.
ps my doctor is stupid and doesnt know what to do now!
A Bay Bay
  Your problem isn't just the inhaler, it's that few doctors understand asthma.

I use the Ventolin inhaler but, honestly, what has really helped me is cutting out a lot of dairy in my diet. I drink AT LEAST 8 big glasses of water per day and avoid all dairy: milk, cheese, etc.

I won't say I never have dairy but after a month of cutting way back on dairy, I noticed I wasn't needing my inhaler as often.

Also, take a product with Guaifenesin in it like Mucinex. Guaifenesin is good for people with asthma. I buy stuff at the Dollar Store that has Guaifenesin in it and it really helps me.
Can Pamelor cause Asthma or Respiratory troubles to become worse?
I think this type of anti-depressant caused me to have more congestion/lungs AND OR RESPITORY trouble. (when reading about the side effects I noticed that IT STATED to tell your Doc if u have Asthma. My doc told me before that I have asthma, but i haven't used my inhaler in 2 or more yrs. now. --and Should I use Inhaler due to my wheezing?
Brown Eyed Susan
  All up to you. Is the Pamelor working or not? Is it worth having an Asthma attack or not? I would STOP and get a different RX instead. One that has less side effects.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Side effects from nortriptyline are common:

upset stomach
weakness or tiredness
excitement or anxiety
dry mouth
skin more sensitive to sunlight than usual
changes in appetite or weight

Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

difficulty urinating
frequent urination
blurred vision
changes in sex drive or ability
excessive sweating

If you experience any of the following symptoms or those listed in the IMPORTANT WARNING section, call your doctor immediately:

jaw, neck, and back muscle spasms
slow or difficult speech
shuffling walk
persistent fine tremor or inability to sit still
difficulty breathing or swallowing
severe skin rash
yellowing of the skin or eyes
irregular heartbeat
Asthma attacks are more frequent, How do i control it?
Since i stooped smoking like for a year. Asthma attacks are becoming more frequent. Almost everyday i over use the inhaler asthalin. Ventolin tablets are not helping. Coughing isn't that much, it is very less. I sometimes take phyllocontin tablets with contains aminophylline when i go to sleep. They somehow help because if i don't i get to wake up 2-4 times to use my inhaler. If i don't use it i have to wake up more than 4 times or even get a very serious asthma Attack in the middle of the night. I just feel like asthma might kill one day and most probably one night. I just don't need the doctors help because i tried and they never helped me that much. Please help. Please tell what kind of medication i should get. What tablets do you think i should be taking. Anyway the place i stay has been examined, there is no dust or anything that might trigger my asthma. Every morning when i wake up i have to use the inhaler (4 sprays mostly). My asthma is Allergy and maybe something else that i don't know of. How do i know it is Allergy. I get to have attacks mostly when it is cold. But i try to keep my room cool and worm but still i keep on getting the attacks. I just feel like i am soon going to die of it. What should i do.
  Hi Saleh,

I am an Asthmatic of more than 40 years. At one point I seriously considered committing suicide but I did not have the physical ability to execute my plan. Now I am a Registered Nurse, a tennis player, a parent, and above all a human being.

The bad news is that there in no cure for asthma. The good news is that it is now a manageable disease. I have not had an attack since 1972. You may want to know what happened that year. That is the year I started to train as a Nurse. I acquired as much knowledge about the disease as I could. I ended up becoming an Intensive Care Unit nurse over a period of four years.

There some basics all human beings need to know. Here is basic rule numbered one. Knowledge is power. I am going to give you as much information as I can in a format as can. You too will have to work hard. You will need to tailor this knowledge to your unique situation.

In that year I also moved from one country to another. From Malaysia to Scotland. I also moved from being unemployed to becoming a student nurse where I got decent housing and a small salary. I used my new clean environment to manage asthma. I noted that when I visited friends and relatives who lived in not so well conditions my chest became wheezy. So I learned to recognize environments/houses which were not good for my lungs.

I learned to eat right. I could afford the a decent meal. I started to avoid foods which made me wheezy. As I managed to control my asthma I started to play table tennis, badminton and tennis. This gave me the confidence to push myself harder and further. At the peak of my health I was able to jog ten to eleven kilometres per day and I planned a charity run from the north to the south of the US. I had a seizure and the plan fell through.

I had my skin tested to find out the things I was allergic to. I learn ed to avoid them. I tried desensitization programs twice. I lacked the commitment and therefore the desensitization programs failed. I was working with psychiatric patients who smoked. I had no choice but to sit with them. I could not place my personal interest over theirs. I am talking about the 1980s. Smoking was quite fashionable then.

This is my story. Now the basic facts which can empower you. Know your body. It tells you when you are not doing the right thing. Learn to avoid the following: Smoke, dust, dust mite, bed and linen dust, irritants like chlorine, exhaust smoke, cigarette smoke. I am pleased to note that you have given up smoking. This is only the beginning.

Know your medications: All are good if used correctly. At one point I was taking 100 mg of prednisolone three times a day. Predinisone has side effects. The message I am giving you is that even prednisone has a role in making a bad asthmatic better. Sometimes you will hear that certain medications are bad but I request that you not be judgmental. Many people talk negatively about steroids. In my life as a patient and as a nurse I have found steroids to be most useful.

Bronchodilators: These medications open up the bronchiloes. They work almost immediately and only small doses are needed if administered by inhalation. They speed up the heart rate, improve oxygen exchange and make your hands shake.

MMedicationslike ventolin tabs are good but they take a long time to be effective and have systematic effects. These have to be administered in larger doses. However, you must talk with your doctor to find out and decide on what is best for you.

Aminophylline is a good bronchodilator. I could not tolerate it but I know many patients who have done exceptionally well on this medication. The key thing to remember is the therapeutic window is narrow so it is important not to exceed the dose or the under dose.

Always do a moderate amout of exercise. Exercises may be very stressful when you are ill but they will increase your general fitness.

This is all I can advice you based on my persona experiences. If you want to read my professional opinion about caring for an asthmatice you may read:

My public profile can be read at the site given below.
I had an asthma attack at swim practice and I'm afraid to go back. Should I go or wait until I start meds?
I just found out that I had asthma, and this was my first swim practice for the season. I haven't started medication yet (but will when my prescription comes in) should i swim with non-medicated asthma?
  Do not swim without meds. An asthma attack can be triggered by a lot of things, such as anxiety, stress, air pollution, and so on. You already know that swimming has triggered and attack, and it is possible that it can trigger another attack, if you work too hard in the pool. You must have an emergency inhaler close by for those situations. Now that you are diagnosed with asthma, it is also recommended that you monitor your own lifestyle, and be aware of when you might be putting yourself in stressful situations. Most often you will be given an inhaler or two, and oral medications may also help.
i have allergic asthma,if i got a cat and used ~~~,?
my intal inhler to prevent an attack of asthma,before i got the cat say an hour before i was exposed,could i live with a cat and use that inhaler every 4 hours?
whenever i visit my sisterin laws house,i use muy inta inhaler to prevent an asthma attack,a few times ive forotten to spray and nothing you think its possible i could get away with it?
beach blanket babe
  Yikes! Sounds like you may have allergic asthma - asthma due to cats. Using your intal every 4 hours will cover up the symptoms but won't treat the asthma, which long term can damage your lungs. You should get evaluated by a board certified allergist. Allergy shots can be very helpful for this.
What's the best way to get phlegm up and out?
I am 21 weeks pregnant and am sick and have asthma, i had to go to the er 2 times and get breathing treatments which i am still doing at home with albuterol in a nubulizer and also an inhaler which all the doctors say is safe? But i can't get that phlegm up and i feel so congested in my chest with it. My doctors don't want me taking any over the counter or anything? What rae your suggestions???? Thank You!!
  Put a tablespoon of vicks in a bucket of hot water. Stir it in and put a towel over your head and inhale through the nose and exhale throught the mouth. It loosens the phlegm like a charm!
Professional Doctors Advice! I am sick since last Sunday! I think I got a bad flu virus? HELP!?
Ok I am sick since Sunday I started getting a runny nose and sneezed from time to time, I also developed hard breathing, I used to have Asthma problems since I was little, as I got older I don't have much Asthma anymore, I only get Asthma if I get a cold, I usually don't have Asthma if I don't get cold! So Asthma is rare for me now unless if i get really cold or sick, like Right now!

So now yo know a little bit about my health history I wan't to ask a question, I just went to Pharmaceutical and asked what do I need? They gave me Ciprolet ( ciprofloxacin ) and I was wondering If since I don't breathe normal right now, and have pretty hard time breathing not that hard but light stress breathing, Can I take the Ciprolet Antibiotic?

Here is a website where I got this info:

And I found this info:
When should I not use this medicine? Do not take CIPROLET® if you have a history of allergic reactions (rashes, (((breathlessness))) << IS THIS ASTHMA??, swollen eyes) to similar antibiotics such as levofloxacin, lomefloxacin, moxifloxacin, nalidixic acid, norfloxacin or ofloxacin.

  the problem with just about ANY pill or liquid medication is that they only treat the SYMPTOM, and never the CAUSE of your illness. This is how the pharmaceutical industry gets rich and doctors enhance their income.
You should ask them how to CURE, not just TREAT your condition, and if they tell you there is NO cure, demand to see another professional for a Second Opinion. They are not all greedy.
I need help with my asthma do you have any ideas?
I need help with my asthma, I have had it all my life. I am currently taking Singulair and Foradil and Asmanex Twisthaler (220mg) Oh and also the rescue inhaler. I used to be on Advair but it hadn't been working for me.I was diaganosed with severe asthma recently after being in the ER. I take vitamin supplements such as Querciten and Bromelain also Ginko biloba and Cod liver oil. Can you give me any ideas that might help? Do you know any at home remedies? Or other good supplements? please help!
  Hello, I too have asthma with a vengeance! I was just switched by my pulmonary Dr. to Zyrtec 10mg from Singulair, he said that sometimes singulair works better for younger patients in their teens and not as much for a person in their 20-30's. I also just switched to Azmacort which is helping, I am not using my rescue inhaler like I was... If you have carpet tear it out! I have been working on removing all my carpet for the past two years, it is helping. you can put in laminate floors like Pergo, or wood. You may try a room purifier, they are costly so start with one in your bedroom first. Also, wash your sheets in HOT water once a week, do not have down or feather pillows.

Believe me, I have been at my wits end with finding solutions to help my asthma and it is so depressing. Watch out for the steroids, I have gained 40 lbs on those and they still did not keep the inflammation under control. I am just now trying to walk and exercise for the first time in two years (my asthma has been the controller in my life for a while) I am now fighting back, I hope! When I am having a really bad day breathing I do try to drink some alcohol (not beer with yeast & don't get wasted) that seems to keep me calm. Also keep your filters clean and keep all pets outside especially during high allergy season.
I would watch supplements, try to eat healthy instead, and have someone else mow the yard (or else where a mask)

Good luck, I really love my Azmacort I can actually take a deep breath without sounding whispy!
Adult Asthma People?
Has anyone tooken these tablets for Asthma???
Or is anyone???
Do they work really well???
Why or Why not???
Bricanyl (terbutaline) Tablets
Vospire ER(Vospire) Tablets
Albuterol Tablets

I'm thinking about asking my doctor to prescribe me one of these tablets because I dont like inhlaeing stuff for asthma & I'm so scared & worried about taking ADVAIR DISKUS.
What does everyone think???
And why???
  You ultimately have the final choice in your asthma treatments, as you are the one who has to take the medication at least once or maybe four times a day. If you don't want to inhale medication, then pills are pretty well your only option.

Generally, medication from pills goes throughout your body. When you inhale medication, it goes directly to your lungs. The benefit of inhaling asthma medication is that fewer and less severe side effects occur. When you take a pill for asthma, your lungs do get medicine. So does your heart, your brain, your fingers, and your toes.

I know that Albuterol pills are on the Wal-Mart $4 prescription list. In my experience, I have not seen breathing medication given as a pill. With the exception of prednisone, asthma is treated by inhaling drugs. If you were to take Albuterol pills, there is a greater likelihood of shaking, increased heart rate, nervousness, and increased blood pressure, as compared to inhaling the same drug. You would need to take a pill two to four times a day also. My mom is an RN and she has given lots of Albuterol pills to old people in nursing homes, so it must be pretty safe.

Since your doctor wanted you on Advair, they figure that you need a bronchodilator and a steroid. To give you a steroid pill would result in very profound side effects. Your face and torso would become very fat, with a big hump on the back of your neck. The muscles in your limbs would be mined for their protein and turned into fat on your torso and head. It is not pretty. If you can manage without having to take steroid pills you will be a much happier person.

In my opinion, treating your asthma exclusively with pills would work. However, you are likely to experience more side effects than you would with the same idea of medication via inhalation. Compared to the risks of taking Advair (the black label warning that it should never be used during an asthma attack or death can result), taking a steroid pill is by far much worse. If your doctor can avoid putting you on steroid pills, I think you would be much happier with your treatment, although you may not have as much asthma control.

I understand where you are coming from about Advair. Being a Respiratory Therapist, I know that it is safe to use and I am very proficient with how to administer it. When it comes to treating my own asthma, I am going to try another combination inhaled steroid/long-acting bronchodilator because of the absolutely horrific nightmares I have been getting every night since starting Advair. Also, my stomach has been more troublesome than normal. My issues are more of a personal problem and not one that most people would experience. Prescription medications do cause odd side effects sometimes and some people just are not able to take certain medications because of that. Mind you, I'm not going to switch everything to pills, but I'm going to be asking my doctor about changing Advair to Symbicort (which does not carry the black label warning about death during asthma attacks). What works for you is just as much about personal preference as it is about what the drug will do for you.
James S
Can ribavirin cause side effects after treatment in the future?
My son had rsv and was givin this medicine now he is 10 years old even after he got better he was diagnosed with asthma. He had rsv when he was 3 months old.
  I wish i knew the answer. forgive my grammar, i don't have time for caps and proper stuff. too busy..

Springhouse 22edition of Drug handbook states the following:
-ribavirin aerosol is indicated only for severe lower resp tract inf caused by RSV. most infants and children with RSV inf don't require treatment with antivirals because the disease is commonly mild and self-limiting. premature infants or those with cardiopulmonary disease experience RSV in its severest form, and benefit most from treatment with ribavirin aerosol.

contact a pediatric pulmonologist (lung dr) to get a better answer to your question.
Do these results show asthma?
So I know I already asked a question in relation to this, but I want to ask specifically. My doctor states I have "mild asthma" based off these results. But after my own research, "mild asthma" is a stretch to say. Or a stretch to even relate my results to asthma at all..

Based off these results from the %pred values... can anyone tell me what they mean..?

FVC = 104
FEV1 = 87
FEV1/FVC = 82
FET -----
FEF25 - 75 = 54
PEFR = 95
PIFR = 105

vital capacity
VC = 104
IC = 90
ERV = 142

Lung volumes N2
TLC = 109
RV = 121
RV/TLC = 108
FRC = 131

DLCO = 145
DLCO/VA = 143
VA{BTPS} = 101
VI[BTPS] = 92
  hmm...i am a kid and have had asthma for much longer than many many adults, and I would say that based on ur lung capacity and FEV, i would say you probably do not, or have very good, controllable and healthy asthma. but consult your doctor again as soon as possible, please!
Symbicort (asthma) Side effects!? Help?!?
So, I began a new regime with my asthma. I was prescribed symbicort (inhaler) and astepro nasal spray. I took only one puff of Symbicort at 80/4.5 some hours ago and I'm STILL experiencing shaking and an increased heart rate. My breathing seems better but the weird thing is... my lungs still feel tight and awful somehow. I guess my question is- is it normal to have shaking/jitteryness/increased heart rate HOURS after taking a medication? I always seems to go through this with my asthma... with steroids not working... and it makes me feel like a failure.
I seem to go through these same troubles with many asthma medications and I'm forced to stop them because the side effects seem so much more awful than the benefits. I'm frustrated that I can't seem to manage my asthma properly.
Arianna G
  im sorry, this im not sure about. Check the information about your medicine, and see the side-effects. maybe it's just side effects?
here's the website:
Dizziness; dry mouth; headache; nausea; nervousness; stomach pain or upset; stuffy nose; throat irritation; tiredness; tremor; trouble sleeping; vomiting.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur when using Symbicort Aerosol:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat; unusual hoarseness); back pain; bone pain; chest pain; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or persistent sore throat; increased mucus production or change in color of mucus; new or worsening asthma or COPD symptoms (eg, coughing, increased chest tightness, shortness of breath, wheezing); seizures; severe or persistent dizziness, headache, nervousness, or tremor; severe or persistent muscle pain or cramps; trouble speaking; vision changes; white patches in your mouth or throat

Read more:
samira :)
What is an effective natural or over-the-counter treatment for insomnia?
not one with diphenhydramine hydrochloride.
Desert Sienna
  Homeopathic Treatment for Sleeplessness / Insomnia, due to different reason and with different set of symptoms (No side effects or interaction with conventional drugs) :-

Sleeplessness during menopausal stage Senecio Aur 30X, 4 hourly

Cannot sleep in the early hours of night; utterly wide awake, mind active; sleeplessness due to excitement Coffea Cruda 30X 6, hourly

Cannot sleep after 3 A.M.; sleeplessness due to mental strain or sedentary habits; sleep dreamy and restless Nux Vomica 30X, at bed times for 7 days

Due to fear or panic; insomnia after shock or fright; restlessness and tossing in bed Aconite Nap 30X 4 hourly

Due to tiredness; either physical or mental; bed feels too hard; must keep moving in search of soft portion for relief in bed Arnica Montana 30X or 200X, 1/2 hourly (3 Doses)

Sleeplessness after midnight from anxiety and restlessness; has to get up and walk Belladonna 30X, 4 hourly

Sleepy yet unable to sleep; child tosses, kicks clothes off, twitches; restless sleep with frightful dreams Arsenic Album 30X or 200X, 4 hourly (3 Doses)

Sleeplessness and restlessness; specially in first part of night; gets up and walks on the floor, as soon as the bed time comes patient is wide awake Chamomilla 30X or 200X, 4 hourly

Sleeplessness due to old grief; after dreams of thieves or robbers Natrum Mur 200X or 1M, 10 min (3 Doses)

Sleeplessness due to sudden shock; disappointment Ignatia 200X or 1M, 10 min (3 Doses)

Feels sleepy but cannot sleep; clocks striking at a distance keep him awake; bed feels hot; moves about in vain to find a cool spot in bed Pulsatilla 30X or 200X, 4 hourly

Restlessness during early part of sleep; sound sleep when it is turns to rise; gets too hot in bed; throws off covers, gets chilly and puts them on again; puts arms above the head during sleep Opium 30X or 200X, 4 hourly

Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.
Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine

Take Care and God Bless you.
Soul Doctor
Why is my asthma worst at night?
My asthma was always worst at night (by the way, I'm 13) but when I told my doctor that I always took my inhaler at night, he told me that I should try to stop using my inhaler (Xopenex HFA) but it's very difficult to sleep with my asthma at night and after a while, I start to become a littly dizzy and then use my inhaler. Does anyone know why this happens, or how I can make my asthma stop?
Nicholas S
  There are several factors that may contribute to your experiencing more asthma symptoms at night:

* The circadian rhythm causes certain natural hormones (similar to those in certain asthma medications) to be at lower levels at night. These lower hormone levels reduce the diameter of the airways slightly and may make it more likely that you experience asthma symptoms at night.
* You could be inhaling dust mite allergens from your pillows, blankets and mattress while you sleep.
* When you lie down, the distribution of gravity on your chest can put extra pressure on your lungs.

If you experience nighttime symptoms, it means your asthma is not being properly controlled. Discuss these nighttime symptoms with your doctor. You may also want to bring a copy of the How Do You Feel Today? quiz to your next doctor's appointment. The quiz can help you find out how well you're managing your asthma symptoms.

As for how you could make it go away... I think you should try some standard cold and flu tablets you get from the pharmacy... and also antihistimine, as it might also be to do with a slight allergy... I know I get a stuffy chest becuase I am allergic to dust mites...

Let us know how you go ay...
What happens if someone uses a ventolin inhaler without asthma?
What will happen if someone without asthma uses a Ventolin inhaler? Just wondering because I sometimes use my emergency inhaler before gym class, just to prevent attacks. Is that even the same as someone without asthma?
Can asthma get worse or can other things suddenly start to trigger it?
You see I went to an allergy and asthma dr a few years ago and she said I had "cold air induced asthma". Can it get worse and can other things start to trigger it? LIke smoke or strong perfume?? I am going to go see her again soon but just want some opions. Thanks friends.
His better half
  Yes, u can develop new allergies, etc anytime in your life. They are going to ask your new symptoms. You might be sensitive to certain strong odors that can trigger asthma symptoms.
Asthma and cold problem?
I am a chronic asthma and cold/sinus patient for the past 20 years. I am taking citrizen, theoasthalin and occasionally pain killers since I get heavy back paint. My doctor has now prescribed Polaramine tablets.

Off late I am doing yoga regularly and do not take much of swetts and oily items which increases my asthma.

Is there any alternatie to Theoasthaline tablets/inhaler, since I feel very weak now.
What is the best treatment for female pattern baldness?
A woman i know who i am close to is suffering from female pattern baldness. I thought i heard that scientists had found a cure for baldness in general - does anyone know of a good/proven over-the-counter treatment for this condition.

Thanks so much.
  The only scientifically proven treatment for female pattern baldness which has been approved by the FDA is topical minoxidil otherwise known as Rogaine. The sooner you initiate treatment the more effective it will be.
Alexa K
How to effectively treat Asthma?
I have had problems with asthma for a few years now, as it comes and goes.

I'm on the following:

5)Albuterol emergency inhaler.

I also eat right, take a few "vitamin shoppe" supplements, and even tried pulmicort respules a bit.

I feel a tad bit overmedicated, and yet even with all of this I'm still not 100% symptom free.

Does having asthma mean that one will always feel a % of symptoms active?

I don't want to feel slight pressures on my chest and diaphragm area my whole life.

Surely there must be something that can alleviate the symptoms in full.
  Well, I was about to answer you with the meds that work for me, but seems like you are already on them and more. If I were you, I think I would go register over at Web MD (it's free):
and you can ask a doctor for advice and join in chats/ discussion groups about asthma there, maybe you could get some new insights. I certainly wish you the best of luck friend.
How might my asthma react to the hot and humid weather in Thailand?
Going on a 3 week holiday but unsure how humidity and heat and asthma mix? Thanks
I'm going to Chiang Mai in the north.
  It truly depends on your body and your symptoms. Mine act up more in a dry heat in the summer verses a humid heat.
I had an asthma attack. Dr. gave me steroid shot and prescibed prednisone pills for 10 days. Is this okay?
Never had an asthma attack before. Already taking Claritin D and Nasarel. Dr. said this is okay. I have been sick with terrible nasal congestion for one month and coughing for two weeks and wheezing and coughing very bad today which sent me to urgent care. Can I take all this medicine together.? Dr. says yes. I asked about cough medicine he said don't take it, it won't do any good. He also prescribed Q-var, an inhaled steroid. I already had an albuterol inhaler. He said only to use that when necessary. He was upset that all I was taking for my asthma was albuterol. He said my regular doctor should have had me on an inhaled steroid all along. I think my asthma has always been very mild and didn't bother me much, but I guess it's kicking in with a vengeance.
  Perfectly fine to take those meds together. In fact steroids paired up with bronchodilators usually is the magic bullet. This is the combination we use in the hospital. Hope you feel better soon.
any one with asthma ever used pulmicort flexhaler?and were pregnant?
well im 4 1/2 months pregnant and recently went to an asthma specialist and he recommended that i take pulmicort flexhaler to regulate my asthma but i have some concerns before i start to take this ....has anybody ever used these medication while pregnant ? if so how was the unborn baby? im really paranoid about taking this medication !
JESSICA R *due:01/28/10*
  The FDA has classified Pulmicort as a pregnancy Category B medication, meaning that it is probably safe for most pregnant women. In animal studies involving Pulmicort and pregnancy, the medication did not appear to cause harm to the fetus. However, the full risks of taking Pulmicort during pregnancy are not known.
Matt A
Asthma medication options?
It seems as though all medications for moderate to severe asthma are steroids and/or cortisones (prednisone, and more recently, advair, alvesco, etc.). Are there any that are not cortisone based?
  Sorry, there are not many meds that don't contain steroids as a treatments for asthma. Basically it's down to the availability of anti inflammatory drugs. The antibiotic, Azithromycin has been found to have anti inflammatory properties and is sometimes given long term, but only to those who have no other choice.
The most commonly used non-steriod drug is salbutamol, in inhaler, tablet or nebuliser form. However this is not a strong drug and is used mainly for quick relief rather than prevention or to reduce inflammation.
There are non-steriod drugs listed on the web and available to buy but steroids are unfortunately the best form of treatment for asthma and other respiratory diseases.
Little Chip
Asthma question - help please!?
Hi -

I've had a cough for about 5 years, that comes with no other symptons - except shortness of breath and dizziness if I physically exert myself. I went to the doctor today, and he diagnosed me with asthma. He then gave me a free sample, called a Asmanex Twisthaler. It is 110 mcg.

I looked it up online and it says that 110 mcg is the dosage level for children 4-12... So why am I taking such a low dosage? Is this normal for samples...?

I'm 23 and most websites I've seen say that I should be taking 220 - 440 mcg's per day. So I'm just confused about what my doctor is doing. And, of course, I cant ask him these questions unless I book another appointment...

I'm 6'1" and about 185 --- and he said if I have asthma, its probably pretty mild...
  you should try it first because the doctor probably doesnt want to put u on a real strong dosage because this might work for u just fine. so you should be fine. just try it and if it helps keep using it. if it doesnt help. go back to doc.
For female asthmatics: do you get "premenstrual asthma"?
Actually, that's not accurate; it makes it sound like the asthma only occurs before one's period does. *chuckle*

What I mean is, if you already are a person with asthma, do you ever have an increase in symptoms a few days before your period? This happens to me every few months: I have a slight chest tightness on-and-off (especially upon waking up), and I get slightly "winded" doing things that normally wouldn't make me out of breath.

When it happens, my doctor gave me the green light to double my daily dose of QVAR (beclomethasone dipropionate), an inhaled steroid.

I'm pleased to say I've found a surprising amount of data online that supports the existence of premenstrual asthma flare-ups in some women (a hormone connection, of course!) However, I've never actually known anyone it happens to. So, I'm asking the ladies here. :)

Does this happen to you? If so, what symptoms? Also, if you don't mind telling me, what is your age? (This never happened when I was younger).
scary shari
  yes!! ok, i'm 18 and my first (and worst) asthma attack was 2 days before my first period started. also, i'm on the pill and i notice that if i'm late starting a pack, my asthma really gets alot worse.
Has anyone taken an asthma steroid during pregnancy?
well im 5 months pregnant and recently my asthma specialist just put me on a steroid medication called pulmicort flexhaler...has anyone ever had this medication or a steroid medication for your asthma while pregnant? thank you for all your help?
JESSICA R *due:01/28/10*
Does the medicine Albuterol, used for treatment of asthma, contain steroids?
  No, I take aulbuterol it does not contain steriods. It is not a steriod drug. Maybe other inhalers like atrovent have steriods but I am almost positive that aulbuterol does not.
doctor said i dont have asthma but use pulmicort flexhaler?
i been having cough attack for 4 months now. it only happens when i'm outside breathing cold air. while to be exact when i walk fast and when i breather heavier i cough. i when to see my prime doc and he gave me pulmicort flexhaler and told me to use it for a week. i know med is for asthma. he told me i dont have asthma but use it for a week and i will be fine. .. has anyone use this ? did it work?
  Yes, both me & my kids have used Pulimort before. It's basically the daily "steroid" meds they give us whenever we have colds or sinus issues & the bronchial tubes begin to swell up. It is simply to help keep your airways open so more air can flow easily (hence the reason for all the coughing) Yes it does work for most people- but if not then there are alot more out there similiar. We do have Asthma though, mine's severe & my kids are only mild. I think the biggest difference is because most people with asthma have had the issues a long time therefore it's seen as a chronic issue (which they then feel OK labeling it as Asthma) & I have to carry a rescue inhaler everyday in case an attack happens.I know ours is usally alot worse during winter & severely Hot summer. I would also like to add you'd probably like to start covering your mouth & nose with your sleeve or a scarf when your out in the cold air- it helps to "heat" the air before you breathe it in. Good Luck & I hope for your sake it's truely not Asthma- it's no fun at all !!
Question about taking Qvar for Asthma?
I have had asthma for 20 years. I am 21.. I have ALWAYS been on albuterol for my fast acting inhaler. For the past 8 years I have been on Qvar as my preventive medicine. My mom says its a steroid and I should not take it every day of the entire year... She says I should stop taking it for a while and only take it when I need it... But its PREVENTIVE medication... I take it and my asthma symptoms go away and I feel great.. I stop taking it and can't breathe ever, and cough all the time... So I take qvar again (this would be 2 week periods of taking it) and after two weeks of taking it I feel better... THen I stop taking it... I get worse... So My doctor does not speak english... And I can't change doctors for the time being. I can only refill my Rx at the pharmacy when I need.

SO my question is: Am I suppose to take Qvar every day for the entire year to prevent asthma symptoms... (which is what i thought I was suppose to do)
Or do what my mom says and stop taking it when I feel better? (Which means I stop feeling better a week later, and just have to start taking it again).

From all this information one would infer that I should always take it as it makes me feel better.

Also its the 80 one. not the 40. So i do take the higher dose. and when my asthma gets really bad 2 puffs twice a day. and when asthma is better 1 puff twice a day. thats what my old doctor said (when i was in peds. aka pediatrics. I was in peds till i was 18) Lol. Help?
  Hey, I too am a victim to asthma and have been for 21 years as well. Unfortunately I haven't had the opportunity to find any preventive that works (recently tried Advair and had to quit because it seemed to make it worse). My answer to you is to take the medicine as the prescription is wrote out and says on the box. I have been on proventil hfa inhaler for a year or so now, and was told that I take it too much when the box actually says take 2 puffs every 4-6 hours. I was told by my doc that I shouldn't be taking it everyday -- but why would it say to on the box?? Anyways, I hope this helps. Asthma sucks... I'm just getting over bronchitis and over the course of 1-2 months I thought I was gonna kill myself cause I was so miserable. Hope you feel better! Whatever you do, stay on top of it and get yourself taken care of... only you know how your body truly feels!
What symptoms may cause a doctor to prescribe Albuterol over other asthma medications?
For what particular asthma symptoms does Albuterol (Salbutamol) cater to? Why may a doctor determine that his or her patient needs to take albuterol instead of other potential asthma medications?
Kyle E
  Fast acting B2 agonists like albuterol "cater" to the bronchial smooth muscle constriction that is occuring arround your lower airways. the albuterol relaxes the smooth muscle allowing the bronchioles to widen and more air to pass. There is airway inflammation occuring as well that is usually taken care of with steroids.

If you use your inhaler more than twice a week your asthma may not be controlled and you may need to be taking controller meds as well.

Like Nichole mentioned Albuterol is the cheapest and most widely used beta agonist rescue inhaler. there is another that is used but it hasn't been proven to work any better or faster and its about 6 times as expensive.
Frustrated RT
What were/are your symptoms with H Plyori, how did your treatment go?
My husband has H Pylori, he has Helidac for treatment but has not started treatment yet. His Dr. said treatment can make you feel really sick. What were your symptoms before treatment and how did your treatment go? Is treatment always recommended?
Lisa B
  My stomach always felt unsettled and I had fiery heartburn, with some occasional vomiting. Forgot what a formed stool looked like. They didn't have Helidac then, if I remember right the treatment was high-dose tetracycline,pepto-bismol, and prilosec at the same time, twice a day for a week or so. The treatment sucked (made me feel even sicker) but worked.
Which of the following medicines are over the counter?
Im doing a report on Gout and found a list of medicines that help treat gout, BUT the site didnt tell me which ones were over the counter. Here is the list:


Do you guys know which ones a person with gout can get over the counter?
Ivan C
  Acetaminophen (tylenol) and NSAID's (such as advil, motrin, etc) are over the counter. The others are all prescription. You should also look into dietary modifications to help minimize the inflammation from your gout.
Anyone on the new asthma medicine ALVESCO 160mcg?
my asthma doc put me on this new inhaler alvesco 160 it is suppose to be better than advair. anyone on it or have information on this drug. i cant really find it on the computer thank you
John Boy
  Alvesco (ciclesonide) is a a man-made corticosteroid. It prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation.

Alvesco is used to prevent asthma attacks in adults and children 12 years and older. When used regularly, as prescribed by your health care provider, it will help to prevent and control symptoms of asthma. Detailed information is available in the link below.

I haven't used Alvesco myself but the following link has a review made by someone who has used it.
Kate from
Glycolax powder help with over the counter Relief?
my friend gave me this prescription for constipation for my son... he is 8 and still has it and he goes so much and its huge!

I know that there is a over the counter medicine just like the prescription she gave me for glycolax. help do you know of any over the counter similarity?
super bi@CH
  They are the same drug. Miralax is the brand name. When the FDA granted OTC status to Miralax, the brand was given OTC exclusivity for a period of time. That exclusivity does not apply if you get it as a Rx.
Is a cellulite lotion which contains the asthma drug, aminophylline safe to use?
  A very small amount of theophylline is absorbed by rubbing it on the thighs and unless you are allergic to the rest of the ingredients in the preparation, you should not have a problem. Typically it is used to reverse the symptoms of asthma when it is inhaled as a Rx aerosol. I never have understood how rubbing anything ion the skin can reduce the amount of fat contained adipose cells.
What asthma inhalors do you prefer?
I have asthma. I'm not on anything all the time. But now I think I should be. But anyways, what inhalors are you on? I went to the ER and they gave me azmacort. It doesnt seem to be helping very much. I used to be on Asmanex and I really liked it. What do you use? How often? Has anyone used advair? How do you like it? Thanks!!!
  I was on advair and personally I didn't like it. I had lots of side effects (such as jitteriness). I am a little bit (ok a lot) of a worrier and I don't like to hear things like "may increase the risk of asthma related fatalities" I read on another site that advair has a lot of fda warnings but not enough people have died to recall it? Not sure how true that is anyways..

I am going to see a lung specialest next month which I think I should have done years ago (I am 22). My goal is to be able to exercise more.. I am going to Germany/France in March and I want to get things under control so that I can do lots of walking. I go through a pro-air hfa inhaler a month (don't get me started I hate the new HFA inhalers they dont seem to work as well or last as long for me). I will say though that I got my tonsils out 2 years ago at christmas time and it has made a wooorld of difference. Since I was a kid my winters consisted of bronchitis/pneumonia and some combonation of epinefrin, decadron and roseferin shots. I was having multipul episodes of bronchitis in the last few years and since having my tonsils out I have only had one!
In anycase I take singular and albuterol and I am looking to check out the new asmanex inhaler hoping that it wont have as many side effects as advair.
I really hope a day will come when I don't have a panic attack when my inhaler is not in my pocket/purse.
Can medical marihuana be prescribed for asthma in the state of Michigan?
The state defines these as acceptable conditions...

a) cancer, glaucoma, or positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn's disease, agitation of Alzheimer's disease, or nail patella.
(b) a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one of more of the following:
(i) cachexia or wasting syndrome;
(ii) severe and chronic pain;
(iii) severe nausea;
(iv) seizures, including but not limited to those caused by epilepsy; or
(v) severe or persistent muscle spasms, including but not limited to, those which are characteristic of multiple sclerosis; or
(c) any other medical condition or treatment for a medical condition adopted by the department by rule. (NOTE: To date, the department has not added to the list by administrative rule.)

I know that asthma is not specifically listed, however, I feel like it could fall into one of these categories by some stretch. I have had asthma my entire life and I know since i've started smoking I have used my inhaler less.

(a) I am asking this as a serious question, please do not accuse me of trying to get medical marihuana simply because I want to get "stoned" or am trying to abuse the system
(b) Please do not make notes about smoking being bad for your lungs regardless of whether its medical marihuana or not. Michigan law recommends that patients use vaporizers which cause you to inhale medical marihuana in a form unlike smoke. Also, while tobacco does constrict airways, science has proven that marijuana actually helps dilate airways and is an effective long term treatment to asthma.
(c) I have tried other controller medicines (such as Advair or Symbicort) and while they have worked, the side effects of these medicines are far too dangerous for me to consider taking them again. Recent reports also indicate that the use of asthma controller medicines over a lifetime can increase your chances of dying by around 58% -- much higher than what weed would do.

I am looking for an honest and serious answer, so please do not criticize my desire to use medical marihuana as it is of absolutely no help, if you disagree with its use, keep it to yourself. Thanks for all your help!
The question specifically says that smoking medical marihuana is different than smoking tobacco, nor is it smoked traditionally (it is vaporized). And medical marihuana is frequently prescribed for asthma in other states where it is legal and is one of the more common uses of the drug.
I would like to note that not one person has answered the question at all. It would not be smoked, it would be vaporized (this is the third time i've said this), it is commonly prescribed for asthma, so a doctor would not laugh at the idea, and the spelling, which is a little weird, is spelt with an h rather than a j under michigan state law, I thought that was a bit odd myself. All i'm asking is if its legal under Michigan state law, not if its a good idea, i've done my research on that front so please don't offer your opinion unless you're actually answering the question, thanks!
Alex R
  i know very little about american medical laws, but i can tell you that cannabis would indeed help with your asthma. it's a bronchiodilator, and is effectively a natural inhaler.
Will my asthma medication affect my birth control?
WIll my asthma medication affect my birth control? The birth control i take is Yaz. My long term inhailer used twice daily for asthma is the Advair diskus 250/50. I also take a 10m singular pill once a day. and my rescue inhailer xopenex used when needed. will any of those medications affect my birthcontrol? This in EMERGENCY PLEASE HELP!!!
Whats up with my asthma?
It has been about 8 years since my asthma has bothered me, meaning I have not had to use any form of inhaler, no attacks, nothing totally fine. I have moved a lot since then. I moved to hot humid s Korea and at first thought it was just me unfit went to doc got flovent 110mcg morning and night. that was great for about a month then I needed a fast acting one alupent. Now I have crushing pressure on the bottom part of my chest when I get up in the morning and in the last few days it has also been right before I get to bed in the evening, alupnet makes it go away. Now I am having trouble holding my breath for my flovent daily, I am worried that I am not getting enough meds and thats my chest pain issue. How can I tell? I don't have a peak flow meter, I am not in a position to run to the doc if it is not absolutely urgent. thanks for any insight. am also taking isoniazid and pyridoxine. I abegining my fourth month of treatment. the doc said it is "latent"
  Hot humid weather is very bad for asthmatics. If you are having chest pain, then you are not getting enough oxygen to your heart.The meds alupent must work for you if it is relieving the symptoms, you need to go the doctor and get your meds straightened out. You obviously have a change in the needs of the meds that you are taking. It could be related to the environment, or a change in your asthma/ condition, and a doctor needs to re-evaulate that.
Is it possible to develop asthma as an adult?
I've never had particularly good lung capacity--my breath tends to be shallow. However, I never had any reason to believe I had asthma.

I've recently been exposed to some household pesticides (pyrethrins) that are supposed to be safe but can irritate your lungs. Well, lately I feel that I am not breathing very well or deeply, and immediately after exposure my lungs feel tight and constricted. I'm in my early 30s and I've only been feeling this way in the past year, since being exposed to these chemicals.

Is this likely to just be an allergic reaction or could I actually develop asthma from exposure to these chemicals?
  You can develop asthma as an adult. My brother did. He began a new job and within a year he had asthma. He's in his late 20's. Per his Dr., he only has to take his asthma meds when he's at work.
Misty Eyes
I have a 5 year old on meds what should I do?
He takes an allergy med in the mornin and at night and then he also takes pulmicort respules everyday and albuterol when asthma attaacks get him He use to be good at taking his meds now he keeps tellin me he's tired of takin meds and breathing treatments and doesnt want to have asthma anymore! I feel bad for him, is there anything I can do to make it easier for him! I tried takin him off his allergy meds before but then his asthma worsend when we tried that! anything I can tell him or do to make it easier?
  First you might praise him on his growing desire to take responsibility over his health, and that this is what "big kids" and adults should do. Next you should explain to him that the reason he is feeling better is because he has been good about taking his medication in the past, and that his contoinued cooperation in the future will allow him to feel good adn not have astha. If it when his takes his medication that seems to be a problem, let him choose and have some responsibilty over when he wants to take his medications, but with the understanding that in order to feel good and to prevent future attacks, tht he will have to take his medication until his physician tells him differently. It's aslo been my experience in working with kids, that if you can hold out to them the possibility that with their cooperation, some day it may be possible to do away with some of their medication, that his will be an added incentive and motivation. Also tell him that this nurse wishes him all the best. Hope this helps!
which one of these drugs can not be treated for asthma, Ipratropium, metoprolol, or zafirlukast.?
asthma treament drugs
still wondering...
bad asthma attacks =/?
i have sports-induced asthma and allergies to pollen, dust, grass, other plants, and cats.

i am on medicine.. singulair, zyrtec, intal, pulmicort, and before i exercise i take proventil or xopenex.

the past week i have had 3-5 asthma attacks, all after running the 800m race at track. my main problem is not the actual attack, but after the attack i am moody, tired, and emotional. i just cry and lay down for hours. it's a really horrible feeling, and i'm usually such a happy person so i don't really get it.

the worst part is feeling physically drained even up to seven hours after the attack.

  It is quite understandable to feel bad all the way around for hours after an asthma attack. First, your body is not getting as much oxygen as it needs during the attack, and this will make you feel run down and lousy. Second, you sound like a busy person who is into sports, etc...I think it would be perfectly normal to even experience some mild depression after an attack. Think about like to be active and busy and now you are drained and can't do what you want. It bites! I have sarcoidosis and I have breathing difficulty at times. I am a busy active person and this, like asthma leaves me drained. Sometimes I get bummed about it but pick myself up by my boot straps and move on once I have allowed myself the time to rest.(and allowing yourself to rest, although difficult, is necessary.) Be kind to yourself afterward.
How long does it take before a UTI goes away on Bactrim DS?
I started taking it today and my doctor said it would kick in right away but I still have the same results as my over-the-counter drugs. And also, can I take the over-the-counter symptom reliever while I'm on the antibiotics?
boots are cool.
  It definitely won't kick in right away. If, after two days, you don't feel better, see a doctor.
Annabelle Lee
Anybody have Asthma?? i need help with mine?
ive had asthma since ive been 16 years old (im 20 now). my primary doctor gave me albuteral. then advair diskus 100/50. (didn't help). so then he gave me 200/50. (didn't help.) then 500/50 (didn't help). so in 2010 ive been to the hospital twice cause i couldn't breathe. Last night i had to go cause i was gasping for air all night. They put me on a breathing machine and gave me medication. anyways i have trouble running and walking up hills. the doctor at the hospital told me i need to do something about it. should i see a polmonologist?? go back to my primary doctor??? what??? anybody have asthma? if so what worked for you??? i really need to find something that works.... thanks
Any over the counter stuff to help stop inflammation of the colon?
I was given a prescription to Lialda but it costs nearly $300 even with my insurance. I was wondering if there was anything I could take that is sold over the counter until I can afford the real medication...
  I have this Ulcerative Cholitis, which is what this medication is perscribed for. I hope your Dr. gave you a lot of information about this disease because it isn't a choice, you need to take your medicine or you will become severly anemic, and while the disease itself is not fatal, not treating the side effects of what it can do, are. I've already been hospitalized once this year because of this.

Outside of that, I am on an alternative for this medication so there are other medication options out there, and I believe at least one of them may come in generic format. Like the above poster mentioned, if the price is too high be sure to check with your Dr. the options. This one he perscribed to you I believe is fairly new to the market, and most patients like it because its 1-2 times daily. Whereas other medications of this same type, you have to take 2-4 times per day... I'm on one called Pentasa, that I take 4 times a day for 16 pills total.
I believe my co-pay for a three month supply of it is 30/40$ so there are other options.
Hope that helps, and good luck!
Asthma is not in control?
I was placed on atrovent HFA for my asthma, i feel as though it is not in control, i also believe that i
should have a rescue inhaler, i will be soon getting a new family doc, and need to address my needs
i have been keeping track of my peak flow readings , and i have not been in the 300's mostly stick in
the 200 range, and the highest is about 280... I hear myself wheeze. I have atril fibulation so i have to
watch the inhalers that are out . But I need help, please
  WOW! It is definitely not under control. Unless you are only 12 years old, your peak flow level should be more in the 400's.This probably means that you need to switch your medications to something that works better for you. Talk to your doctor and have them help you get your asthma under control. Maybe you could try Advair discus. That is what I take and it works well for me. You could also try QVAR (Beclometasone dipropionate), it works very well too!
How long does asthma stay with someone?
My son has had asthma since he was three years old. The doctors keep telling us that he will grow out of it, he is now twelve. He is on Singulair, Loratadine, and Advair diskus 500/50. He gets pneumonia at least 2 times a year and is hospitalized each time. He seems to get worse in the fall and winter and is all together fine in the summer. Does anyone have any suggestions on what I can do that will help him in the winter?
  i have had it ever since i was born.. I had the stay in the hospital a little longer because of it. My parents said. Its depends on how you take care of your body. if you drink or smoke it will make it worse and it wont go away. If you dont do anything eat healthy then he should grow out of it while he is growing.
Taking steroids for asthma?
The medicine is called orapred ODT
i have been taking this steroid for my asthma to help me breath and i've noticed that ever since then i can't seem to fall asleep as fast as usual and have spent the nights awake, i want to know if steroids change your sleep patterns or something
  Yes they can I experiences the same problem with nasonex.

"Adverse effects for ORAPRED ODT

Possible side effects include fluid retention of the face (moon face, Cushing's syndrome), acne, constipation, and mood swings.

A lengthy course of prednisolone can cause bloody or black tarry stools; filling or rounding out of the face; muscle cramps or pain; muscle weakness; nausea; pain in back, hips, ribs, arms, shoulders, or legs; reddish-purple stretch marks on arms, face, legs, trunk or groin; thin and shiny skin; unusual bruising; urinating at night; rapid weight gain; and wounds that will not heal.

Swelling of the pancreas has also been reported.

Prednisolone can cause increased blood sugar levels for diabetics.

Other effects include decreased or blurred vision, increased eye pressure, increased thirst, confusion, rare cases of dementia in otherwise healthy elderly patients and nervousness.

It also is reported to cause insomnia when taken."
Limitless Network
Why when I have an asthma attack albuterol does not work but coughing deep to where I vibrate my lungs helps?
Whenever I have an asthma attack albuterol does not work. The only thing that works is coughing really hard until my lungs vibrate really hard and then my asthma goes away. Why is this?
how would flomax work?
I am on advair. albuterol. and xolair twice a month.
  You need a pulmonary function test. If a bronchodilator works. Maybe you have copd and not asthma.
Please help! my asthma is acting up lately.?
Lately my asthma has been acting up. I recently went to the doctor about it because i had a bad attack and could barley breathe for a week and the doctor gave me a new puffer- Symbicort (twice a day, but more if needed). I used to be on Bricanyl (4 times a day when i have an asthma attack) and pulmicort (2 times a day every day). I am 16 and female. My triggers are cigarette smoke (which i have not been exposed to for about 4 weeks), if i get a cold (i don't have one now), and weather change. I have allergies: dust (bad), grass,trees, weeds (not very bad). Over the weekend i went to the cabin and my allergies were acting up. I got back yesterday and today i noticed my lungs are feeling "closed" and i have a small cough. I took my puffer today and will be due for my second time in an hour. If i have missed a day without it will it be like starting the puffer over cause it takes about 2 weeks to get it to work fully? Even if i take my puffer late i find my lungs get all tight or if i miss one dose. What should i do to help my asthma from coming back again? What should i do to help attacks? is there foods or anything that can help asthma or make it worse? What can i do to help me remember to take my puffer everyday? (i have been doing good with it but i sometimes forget to take it) anything else feel free to say. Thanks.
I also find the symbicort puffer makes my throat hurt/ feel weird. is this normal?
How to tell if you have asthma or emphysema?
If two different doctors listened to your lungs and diagnosed you with asthma and you passed a pulmonary function test would you still be able to have emphysema instead?

I smoked all of my teen years and I'm now 20 and I can't breathe good and I'm worried it's emphysema because I'm not responding well to my Proair inhaler the doctor prescribed me. I need some time of comfort.
  More likely you have asthma.. that is always make can't breath, hurts stomach from asthma. you need medicine for asthma, or try blow in bags.

How to tell if you have asthma or emphysema?
If two different doctors listened to your lungs and diagnosed you with asthma and you passed a pulmonary function test would you still be able to have emphysema instead?

I smoked all of my teen years and I'm now 20 and I can't breathe good and I'm worried it's emphysema because I'm not responding well to my Proair inhaler the doctor prescribed me. I need some time of comfort.

  More likely you have asthma.. that is always make can't breath, hurts stomach from asthma. you need medicine for asthma, or try blow in bags.

Atopic dermatitis!!!!!?
so a few days ago I developed this horrible rash on my stomach and back. After doing some research online I fount out that it is atopic dermatitis. It can be caused by a lot of different things. It says people with asthma often get this (which I have asthma)...but Iv had asthma my entire life. If it was infact my asthma causing this, why would this rash just come out of nowhere?? It also says it can be cause by a viral infection, which I was just in the hospital because I had one. Or it can be caused by an allergic I thought maybe im allergic to the pills the doctor gave me for the infection. Does anyone know the most likely cause of this??? And if it will go away on its own??? I dont have medical insurance right now and just spent so much money going to the ER for my viral infection so I really hope I dont have to go to the doctor. I thought since im 20 years old and it just came out of nowhere it should clear up on its own right??? The pain is pretty bad. Its not really the rash that is bothering me its the muscles in my back. It feels like my back is completely strained. They ache BAD! Is this a side affect of the rash?? because my back was fine before the rash developed.....
  If it is painful, and particularly if you see small vesicles (small water filled lumps), the rash could be herpes zoster. Dermatitis is usually itchy but not painful.
Where To Find Over-The-Counter Axid?
I need this medicine for severe acid reflux (indigestion). I used to find it at most retailers, but not anymore. Do I need to get it by prescription now? Will it ever be sold over the counter again?

Please And Thank You
Edward Nygma
  If they don't have it at the store.go to the pharmacy.They should sell it over the counter.You shouldn't need a prescription.If you can't buy it over the counter, the pharmacist will recommend something that should be just as good.They have a ton of meds. for acid reflux that you don't need a prescription for.
Does the drugs for asthma benefit for stuttering?
am an adult who is suffering from stuttering from 5 years.nothing helped me.speech therapy and anti depressions didn't helped they increase the stuttering.i read about taking a drug for asthma like it effective for me???
Ammar Ismaeel
what over the counter chemical peel is good for helping with old acne scars ? or microderm embrasion?
or a cream anybody use anything that worked good for them that you can buy at a dept store or phamacy over the counter ?
  Try lemon juice. Cut the lemon in half and apply to the face. It will lighten the acne scars. Also, over time the skin will slough off leaving beautiful skin.

I also use Olay face scrub that regenerates new healthy cells.
Brittany A
How bad your child's asthma need to be to have Pulmicort Respules prescribed?
My child of 6 years is taking Pulmicort brown inhaler, I want she try the Pulmicort Respules but her GP says her asthma is not that bad to be given the Respules. Can anyone tell me how bad my child's asthma need to be in order to be prescribed the Respules? Thanks
  If she is breathing without respiratory distress, it is better to allow her to breathe on her own without getting her on these nebs. The thing about the nebs, like many respiratory drugs, they can may it necessary to need to use them in order to breath with ease. Try to monitor her breathing. Identify what triggers her breathing difficulties and avoid those things. Pets, dust, molds, mildews, irritants such as paint, perfumes etc can be tough on breathing. Asthma is basically an allergic response of her body to elements in the environment. She very well may outgrow it. Best of health to her and peace to you.
is there an over the counter for anti itching?
My doxi is temaril p tabs 1/4 per day for itching due to allergies. Is there an over the counter that would be effective ?
has anyone who was on accolate asthma med switched to singular?
been on accolate for wants me to switch to singular..and after reading the side effects i'm wondering if its worth it...acculate has been great for my asthma through the years...
  I've been on singulair for a few years and haven't experienced any side effects..... supposedly its really good
does this inhaler for asthma contain steroids?
i take a inhaler for asthma and i was woundering that is the one im taking contain steroids. the one i have is called: QVAR 40 mcg. (beclomethasonedipropionate HFA) i only want to know this because if it does contain steroids, i want to disscontinue this medication.
  Yes, it does contain steroids but why wouldn't you want to take it? There are 2 types of steroids anabolic steroids--- steroids that people use to build muscles.... they have the side affects of acne, rage, etc... and the other type is corticosteroids--- these are used to reduce inflammation such as seen in rhinitis and asthma... they do not have the same side effects as anabolic steroids such as the acne, rage, etc... Most likely if Dr. prescribed it to you it is because you need it.
Amanda S.
My cousin has a cold and a very bad cough, but he doesn't have asthma?
Okay, so he doesn't have asthma but can I use Albuterol Sulfate and Pulmicort Respules together?
Is it okay for my cousin.

Btw, my cousin's 3 years old.
  No, it's not okay. They are very specific medications, for very specific problems - which your cousin doesn't have. Also, your cousin is only three, which is definitely too young for you to be giving him medication of that type without a doctor's order and supervision.

Your cousin needs to see his doctor, if you feel that his cold and cough are bad enough to need medical intervention. If you can't get to his doctor, then try a local clinic, or even the hospital.
Acetaminophen has been linked to Respiratory Disease and Lung Function capacity reduction?
"Oxidative stress may increase the risk of asthma, contribute to asthma progression, and decrease lung function. Previous research suggests that use of acetaminophen, which is hypothesized to reduce antioxidant capacity in the lung, is associated with an increased risk of asthma. We hypothesized that acetaminophen use may also be associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and decreased lung function".

Could High Acetaminophen use be linked to Sleep Apnea as well?
Black Sheep 1
  The study you cited (McKeever, Am. J Resp Crit Care, 2005) is a population-based study examining the effect of chronic, daily use of pain relievers on lung function. Of the 3 types studied (aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen), the rates were 8%, 4%, and 2% respectively among daily users. Most people use pain relievers for temporary relief. If they suffer from chronic pain, they should seek medical attention.

Sleep apnea is a disorder where patients breath inadequately or stop breathing during sleep. The most common cause is obstructive sleep apnea, where the soft tissue in the mouth/neck collapse and impair airflow. The most common cause is due to obesity, though there are non-obese patients with this disorder.

Presently, there are no studies that definitely link acetaminophen use with obstructive sleep apnea.
Dr. C
Was sucralfate available over-the-counter at one time?
I would absolutely swear that about 4 years ago I walked into a RiteAid or similar pharmacy and was able to buy an over-the-counter box of generic sucralfate. It seems to currently be only available by prescription. I'm still looking around to see if I saved the box, but was it actually available and then pulled or did I just hallucinate the whole thing?
  Not available OTC, never has been. Actually the product has NO chemical activity except to provide a barrier in the stomach and is associated with numerous drug-drug interactions.
Can I take these medications together, or will there be an interaction? IMMEDIATE HELP PLEASE!?
Hi! I am on the following medications:

Allegra-D 24-hour qd (for allergies)
Biaxin 500 mg bid (sinusitis)
Flovent 440 mcg bid (asthma)
Benadryl 50 mg q4h prn (I get a lot of rashes, so this is used and OK'd by my dermatologist to be taken with the Allegra-D, even though it's 2 antihistamines -- right now it's for eczema and some contact dermatitis/hives)

... and now what I'm thinking of taking is a DuoNeb nebulizer treatment (Albuterol inhailer isn't cutting it, and last time it was this bad, neither did the Xopenex, so I had to be put on oral steroids and DuoNeb [atrovent and albuterol]).

Can these things be taken together? Thanks so much!
Also! I forgot to add! Sometimes I get a little chest pain while doing the DuoNeb treatment... is that normal? It goes away within 10 minutes of being done.
I know it will raise my blood pressure, but my blood pressure is usually VERY low (85/55 - 95/65), and in the hospital when they gave me 4 back-to-back DuoNeb treatments, it only went up to like 100/70.
  You should be able to take those meds together I have given similar combinations. I am not sure about taken the Flovent and the Duo Nebs though since those are both steroids.

As for the ches pain that is not normal I have seen Albuterol cause palpitations, atrial fibrillation so chest pain is a serious adverse reactions. I recommend you go to the ER for the chest pain and consult with your PCP and/or pharmacist regarding an compatability issues.
Frank R
I have asthma, see more?
I was placed on Atrovent HFA. Now my question is why did not my doctor; who is a breathing
doctor, not give me a back up rescue inhaler. The Atrovent helps greatly. But what if one has a
severe asthma attack???? I have been calling in to this doctors office and have been getting no
where. and usually you have to return every couple months, well i was told that i do not have to
return. I do not get it.
  What I find strange, is that that particular drug is not used for asthma. It is used to treat bronchitis (Which is what I have) and emphysema. (Its said to be used at the discretion of your doctor for whatever your doctor thinks it will work for, but honestly, your doctor doesn't sound very smart) I would suggest finding another doctor. One that will give you an inhaler. ANYONE with asthma should have an inhaler on them at all times.
Also, this ISNT supposed to be used for athsma, where you need immediate results.
"Ipratropium(that's Atrovent HFA) inhalation aerosol should not be used to treat acute breathing problems where rapid results are required (AKA. Athsma)"
Dry cough for two months now, could it be asthma?
I consulted a doctor, gave me antitussive, it didn't work. I took mucolytic formula, no effect also. Tried to rest for 3 days before going to work. Tried water therapy. I still cough.
If it's asthma, I can't seem to point out what's triggering it. I put towel on my back when I perspire, I lower down the AC before I sleep, house is relatively clean, so there should be no dust.
  Try drinking lots of water and breathing through your nose. And just eat healtheir in general
Salbutamol HFA and Flovent HFA for Asthma?
I Have Asthma that seems more prevalent in the fall, and I was given two puffers: Salbutamol HFA and Flovent HFA. I've had the Salbutamol, which is the blue puffer, but I have no clue about the other one. should i be using one over another or both?
Jer C
How you can tell when a cough is provoked by the use of Pulmicort or by asthma?
Some people say that regular use of Pulmicort inhaler may cause coughing, how can I recognize when the coughing is due to Pulmicort or asthma?
  Talk to your pulmonologist. Do you use a bronchodilator like albuterol or Maxair along with your pulmicort?
Asthma sucks! my chest hurts from coughing?
my chest hurts and there crap in my lungs
i have asthma but i caught a cold and they dont mix well

i used advair last night, my maxair is empty so ill have to wait till tomorrow morning but sometimes that doesnt work well as a nebulizer

how much does a nebulizer cost to rent?
  Sounds to me like you need a change in medication. Advair is good. Ask your doctor about Spiriva. Fairly new drug. I have not heard one bad thing about it. As a matter of fact, one of my patients told me that he felt that it was that drug that saved his life. Do you see your family doctor or do you have a Pulmologist. I recommend that anyone with Asthma get evaluated by a lung doctor. Every Asthmatic should have a rescue inhaler like Albuterol, a long lasting bronchodilator like Spiriva, and something to manage the inflammation like Advair.

I don't know if a person can rent a nebulizer. I do know that if your doctor orders one, your insurance should pay for it.

You are correct that Asthma and a cold do not mix well. I hope you are breathing better soon.
What will happen to my albuterol refills?
I was just wondering, I will have 3 refills of my albuterol left by the time my one year anniversary of my dr. appointment will occur. I don't have an asthma attack every day, usually only if I'm sick already or I have been around a lot of my asthma triggers. Will those albuterol refills just expire, or can I continue to get them refilled until I run out of refills?
  I'm thinking that you may need to call the Dr.'s Office OR the Pharmacy where you got the original Rx filled...

Also, if you have been 'diagnosed' w/ asthma, you need to know your triggers, & try to avoid them....Your Dr. may also be able to put you on other inhalers, that are'nt opf the 'rescue' variety as is the Albuterol...I am on Advai, daily, & it helps me alot...just saying here....
What is Advair and how does it differ from my current inhaler?
Hey. I've heard the name Advair as an asthma treatment and to be honest I don't know what it is. What's the difference between Advair and my current inhaler which is a "Bricanyl Turboinhaler"? Thanks.

Chris F
  Advair has fluticasone propionate and salmeterol xinafoate in it. It has both a preventative (fluticasone - steroid)) and a reliever (salmeterol - broncodilator) in it, therefore is good for long term control of asthma symptoms.

Bricanyl only has terbutaline, a bronchodilator in it. It is ideally only used when you have an asthma attack.

Please see source links below for more information.
Kate from
How old do you have to be to buy allegra over the counter?
I know you can buy some over the counter drugs when you're 17, I'm in maryland at the moment. What are the rules for allegra?
  17 is good....
Mixing together pulmicort and albuterol in my nebulizer?
Last year around allergy season my doctor told me to mix together my albuterol with my pulmicort in my nebulizer. Right now I have been having serious asthma problems all week long and have been usind both my inhaler and nebulizer to relieve my asthma symptoms quickly. I was wondering if I should do this again? It did help me alot in the past and stopped me from wheezing for the whole spring.
Mini Mon-Star
  "PULMICORT RESPULES has not been studied when mixed with other nebulizable medications. PULMICORT RESPULES should be given separately in the nebulizer." comes from the insert from the manufacturer.

Yet, there is new research that suggests that it is acceptable .... if it works for you .... and based on your previous experience ... what are you waiting for? Good luck .... I hope it helps ...

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