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Doctor insights on: Adverse Effects Of Long Term Asthma Treatment

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

Asthma is a disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, dry cough, etc. MIT is a diagnosis made by combining clinical ...Read more


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What are the symptoms of anemia? I was diagnoised with anemia, but i don't seem to notice any adverse effects, should I continue my treatment?

What are the symptoms of anemia? I was diagnoised with anemia, but i don't seem to notice any adverse effects, should I continue my treatment?

Yes. Continue.: Many times anemia develops so slowly that it does not cause symptoms. But anemia could be assignor something more serious. So continue the treatments that are planned. Then you will need to follow up to make sure the anemia does not return. ...Read more

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Does continuous treatment of hypercholesterolemia with statins have any adverse effects?

Does continuous treatment of hypercholesterolemia with statins have any adverse effects?

More side effects : In addition to the other answer, muscle aches/breakdown and liver toxicity are rare side effects. Of note , many patients have taken statins for years without any problems. ...Read more

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What are adverse effects of cancer treatments?

What are adverse effects of cancer treatments?

Multiple: Surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, the usual treatments have their peculiar side effects. A general list could include, damage to normal tissues, low blood counts due to bone marrow suppression, loss of hair, weakness, nerve damage, increased risk of second cancer, mucositis and ulcers, cardiac damage, sterility, disfigurement, tissue fibrosis, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, skin atrophy, etc. ...Read more

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What are the often untold risks of dynamically-oriented psychotherapy? How are adverse effects addressed? What do you do when therapy makes you worse?

What are the often untold risks of dynamically-oriented psychotherapy? How are adverse effects addressed? What do you do when therapy makes you worse?

Psychotherapy: Regression is possible. That is why it is always important for the therapist to practice using the concept 'primum non nocere' (first do no harm). It is the therapist's job to keep therapy moving (not so quickly that it overwhelms the patient & not so slowly that the person makes no progress). A certain amount of regression is expected & normal but we don't want someone to move into crisis. It>. ...Read more

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Are there any alternative drug treatments to Plavix (clopidogrel) for stroke from both Carotid Artery50%Blockages which don't cause adverse effects of GI Bleeding?

Are there any alternative drug treatments to Plavix (clopidogrel) for stroke from both Carotid Artery50%Blockages which don't  cause adverse effects of GI Bleeding?

Not really: All medications used after an ischemic stroke (cholesterol plaque rupture causing an interruption in blood flow) are treated with blood thinners. Some people are more sensitive to certain ones, so if you've had a GI bleed while on Plavix (clopidogrel), (clopidogrel) then talk to your neurologist. Plavix (clopidogrel) is usually the best, but start with aspirin 182 mg daily. If you still have strokes, then Aggrenox is the next step up. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of long term treatment for asthma and allergies ?

What are the side effects of long term treatment for asthma and allergies ?

Productive life: Properly managed asthma and or allergies can provide a patient with access to a normal life, full participation in most physical endeavors and professions enjoyed by unaffected persons.Lack of proper use leads to inconsistent control, the need for excessive rescue or anti-inflammatory medications (steroids) that can lead to hospitalizations or significant side effects. ...Read more

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What is the toxicity of advair and singulair (montelukast) usage in long term asthma treatment?

What is the toxicity of advair and singulair (montelukast) usage in long term asthma treatment?

Non-toxic but...: While every medication has benefits and side effects, the benefits of advair (combination inhaler) and singulair (montelukast) (leukotriene tablet) outweigh the risks when treating serious conditions such as asthma. Long term studies have shown a small affect on rate of growth in pediatric patients for medications containing steroids (advair) but not singulair (montelukast). An allergist can review these issues in detail. ...Read more

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Long term treatment for asthma .what is that mean exactly?

Long term treatment for asthma .what is that mean exactly?

Need MD follow-up: Long-term treatment for asthma includes the use of an inhaler, most often containing a steroid (like cortisol); medicines that reduce the amount of spasm of airways (like Singulair), a "rescue inhaler" like albuterol whenever you are going to do strenuous exercise or be exposed to dust or mold, and very aggressive treatment of respiratory infections often with steroids. Need doctor management. ...Read more

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