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Asthma not responding well to medicine

Since July of this year I've been having persistent problems breathing. It popped up literally overnight and has since been a source of major discomfort and anxiety. The thing is, the medicine that I have been prescribed to help me don't do much. Singulair does nothing. Albuterol doesn't seem to do much at all. Symbicort only helps a little bit and I was recently prescribed sprivia last week. No real difference. It's discouraging because you hear stories of peoples asthma getting way better with medication, but me almost not at all. I'm still fighting but I'm losing hope. How can I get better?

  1. Hi @donseanelly, and thanks for your post. You may be aware we cannot provide medical advice or diagnostics over the internet (for your own safety), but your concern certainly warrants a reply.

    I was wondering, based on your comment, have you actually been diagnosed with asthma? The medications you have mentioned, which were prescribed (Singulair, Albuterol, Symbicort and Spiriva), can also be used to treat other conditions. As well, there are other medical conditions that can present with the symptoms (persistent difficulty breathing), you have shared here with the community.

    I would suggest you return to your physician (or another physician, if you prefer), for an additional workup (medical history, physician examination, clinical assessment, diagnosis and treatment) and a resolution to your medical issues, as you've shared.

    You have been dealing with this since July and I realize that is a considerable period of time to be managing this.
    Please, do not lose hope, it's still early in the onset of this condition. Keep fighting and, most importantly, I would suggest you pursue further medical intervention.

    What do you think?

    Please do check back and let us know how this all turns out for you.

    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator asthma.net)

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