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Asthma Treatment 2016

  • By jennl

    Trying to decide on a new treatment? Get feedback from other community members here.

  • By tincansailordeg2

    Am currently on Spiriva, Albuterol, Advair, Nasal sprays, and monthly Nucala injections. Symptoms persist with nasal congestion and airway constriction. ENT and allergist seem confounded. Any suggestions?

  • By Leon Lebowitz, RRT Moderator

    Hi Tincansailordeg2 – while you may get feedback from the community, your dilemma is particularly interesting. To be on this treatment regimen (for asthma) and still have symptoms – specifically the airway constriction and even the nasal congestion, is particularly challenging.
    If you’re reliant on the ENT and allergist specialists, I would suggest they dig a little deeper. Are oral medications indicated at this point for you (steroids, antibiotics)?
    Do you think it would be wise to seek a second opinion and additional workup, possibly from a pulmonologist.
    Naturally, we cannot provide medical advice over the internet (for your own safety), but I thought these might be some angles for you to consider.
    Please check back with us and let us know how you’re doing.
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

  • By tincansailordeg2

    Thank you for the reply. I neglected to mention that I also see a pulmonologist. I have been on tapered doses of prednisone 12 times in the past two years and am currently on augmenton. Hoping the doctors come up with something.

  • By Leon Lebowitz, RRT Moderator

    Hi (again) Tincansailordeg2, it’s my pleasure to be in touch with you. Thanks for bringing us up-to-date as far as you’re being followed by a pulmonologist and you’ve been on tapering doses of prednisone over the last two year and on an antibiotic currently. I does sound like you are being taken care of quite thoroughly and am hopeful that the doctors will arrive at a more complete diagnosis and treatment plan.
    I thought you might want to check out our Facebook page, as our community has many members who interact there on a regular basis. If you’re so inclined, you can find it here:
    Warm regards,
    Leon (site moderator)

  • By Felicha

    Just starting on Xolair for my uncontrollable asthma. On my 4th shot (i get them every 2 weeks) and my side effects are dizziness and back aches. Anyone else take Xolair? Any side effects ?

  • By Richard Faust

    Sorry you are having these difficulties Felicha. You should bring these potential side-effects to the attention of your doctor right away. This article from our editorial team looks at Xolair, including side-effects: Dizziness is a listed side-effect, as are muscle aches. Please keep us posted on how you are doing. Best, Richard ( Team)

  • By Leon Lebowitz, RRT Moderator

    Hi Felicha – I see your question here (in the Forums) section is very similar to the one you posted in the ‘Stories’ section.
    I’m hopeful you will receive comments from the community. Richard has guided you to an excellent article about the medication, Xolair. If you return to the ‘Stories’ section, you will see something similar. Here is the link:
    We look forward to hearing more from you and your continued participation in our community.
    Leon (site moderator)

  • By shashank16997

    There are many effective medicines to treat asthma. Most people with asthma need two kinds: quick-relief medicines and long-term control medicines. Immunotherapy (allergy shots) can also be helpful.

    Patients may be reluctant to take medication because of cost or the potential side effects. If you have such concerns, talk with your allergist. Your allergist will work with you to find the right medicine, or combination of medicines, to manage your asthma and will adjust the dosage based on your symptoms and control. The goal is to have you feel your best with the least amount of medicine.

    Quick-relief medicines are taken at the first sign of symptoms for immediate relief:

    Short-acting inhaled beta2-agonists
    Both types of drugs are bronchodilators, meaning that they expand the passageways into the lungs (the bronchi), allowing more air in and out and improving breathing. They also help to clear mucus from the lungs by enabling the mucus to move more freely and get coughed out more easily.

    If you have exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB), also known as exercise-induced asthma, your allergist may recommend that you use these medicines before exercise or other strenuous physical activity.

    Quick-relief medicines can stop asthma symptoms, but they do not control the airway inflammation that causes the symptoms. If you find that you need your quick-relief medicine to treat asthma symptoms more than twice a week, or two or more nights a month, then your asthma is not well controlled.

    Long-term control medicines are taken every day to prevent symptoms and attacks:

    Antileukotrienes or leukotriene modifiers
    Cromolyn sodium
    Inhaled corticosteroids
    Long-acting inhaled beta2-agonists (always administered with another asthma-related drug)
    Oral corticosteroids

    These medicines are taken every day, even if you do not have symptoms. The most effective long-term control medicines reduce airway inflammation and help improve asthma control.

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