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Asthma Relief Without Inhaler
Can patients with vocal chord dysfunction get some relief from asthma inhalers, particularly blue rescue inhalers?
Which of the following asthma medications should I reduce if have no symptoms at all
2)quick relief inhaler
See below: The steroid inhaler is your controller/maintenance for use daily/routinely. The tablet is also assisting with the control/maintenance aspects of your asthma. Your action plan should advise that the quick relief (albuterol) can be decreased/increased in frequency depending on the severity or improvement of your breathing status. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Unfortunately, the is no cure for asthma. Asthma is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that may "flare" depending upon an individual's triggers. Studies performed with disease "controllers" (oral leukotriene receptor antagonists and inhaled corticosteroids) to see if "cure" or prevention are possible. Unfortunately, any gains that are obtained while on those medications are lost when stopped. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
For persistent asthm: You need a daily anti-inflammatory inhaler if you have persistent asthma. That means that you have airway inflammation (swelling) that needs to be assessed by a bronchospasm evaluation that is done as a diagnostic procedure by board certified allergists. ...Read moreSee 12 more doctor answers
2 types: All persons with asthma should have a quick relief inhaler like albuterol to be used when needed for immediate relief. Persons with persistent asthma need a daily controller medication. The most effective daily controller are inhaled steroids. Other medications used as alternative or add-on therapy is montelukast tabs and long-acting bronchodilators. The best inhaler is the one used correctly! ...Read more
Not a good idea: Three decades ago pills containing theophylline were a common treatment. They are cousins to caffeine,were slow to work, had many side effects, seldom gained good control & required periodic blood tests for effective use.Today's inhalers take advantage of technical progress to deliver meds directly where needed, not every cell of the body. Asthma still kills patients every year. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Difficult to answer: When you are having an attack the causes may be an allergic reaction, environmental (dust or particles in the air) or cold air. Removing yourself from these immediate areas may be helpful. If your talking about controller inhalers, there really isn't much except to stay clear of those things or places that trigger your attacks. Sorry i can;t offer much along these lines. ...Read more
No: There are different types of inhalers. There are short acting inhalers to provide quick relief such as albuterol. There are also maintenance inhalers to help reduce inflammation (inhaled steroids), along with combination inhalers that include inhaled steroids with long-acting bronchodilators. ...Read more
Relief vs. control: Every patient with asthma needs a quick relief inhaler and the most common is albuterol or the isomer lev-albuterol (same effect with less amount of medication.) for controller medications, corticosteroid inhalers (qvar, flovent, pulmicort, asmanex) are very similar except Qvar is very small size and better lung deposition. For more severe asthma, advair, symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) and dulera--all work well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pills/shots: An older treatment was oral theophyllin a cousin of caffeine that was taken every 6-12 hrs depending on the form. The side effects included hyperactivity and occasional seizures if taken in excess. The inhalers use the lungs as a delivery site, and proper use simplified treatment and control.Proper training in inhaler use is often not given and leads to poor effectiveness. ...Read more
Shots/pills/IV's: The great advance in asthma treatments over the past 4 decades has been the move away from Adrenalin shots, intravenous steroids, and pills with side effects like caffeine.(& seizures).The development of longer duration inhaled meds like albuterol & aerosoliszed steroids has made asthma more consumer friendly. However, poor compliance has led to a similar risk of sudden death today as then. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not always: It depends on the severity of asthma.Even though all asthmatics need inhaled medicine either by hand held inhaler or via nebulisers when you are having an acute attack. If you have severe persistant asthma you have to inhalers daily to control asthma and keep it under control.But if you have mild intermittent asthma than you only need inhaled meds when you are hahing attack. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Yes: Multiple medications are available for management of asthma. However these medicatioons are used only when inhaled medications fail.If you are having difficulty using an inhaler talk with your doctor about using a spacer. Spacers make it much easier to use inhaled medications and make the medication more effective. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
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