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Can You Lose Your Taste With Inhalers
I've had asthma for twenty years and im not happy with the new hfa inhalers the taste and consistency choke me. Any suggestions for a rescue inhaler?
Can dulera (formoterol and mometasone) lose it's effectiveness over time? I'm on dulera (formoterol and mometasone) 100mcg 2 puffs 2 x a day and just got a cold and need to use rescue inhaler throughout day
Not the medication: Something (eg. Viral infection, post nasal drip, smog, acid reflux) is triggering your asthma. Its presence will continue to trigger the attack. The medication will control each episode but unless the trigger is removed, your symptoms will continue or worsen; see your doctor to help determine if your meds need to be adjusted or another med started. ...Read more
Short of air o2 low 90's cough I taste snot chest discomfort hard to take my inhalers wheezy is thus signs of pneumonia?
Is it possible to lose weight while on a symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) inhaler if I restrict food and increase exercise?
Yes: Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) is an inhaled steroid as opposed to a systemic steroid. As such, its effects should be limited to the lungs, and not adversely affect your weight loss goals like a systemic steroid would. ...Read more
Y do I ALWAYS lose my hearing when on/end of Zpack for sinus inf? Isn’t that supposed to help?? Or can xopenex inhaler cause it? Thanks
Bad cough, metallic taste, wheezing and mucus. Happens only at night. Lasts 5-10 minutes then stops. Inhaler doesn't help. What could be the problem?
I hit my head at work. And I am feeling, dizzy, sick, unfocused. Losing my balance and also a pain in my chest. Pandol extra and my inhaler isn' helping.
Should I use my inhaler after having a acid reflux attack can breath that good and I can still taste acid in my throat! ?
Acid Reflux: You are likely having some reactive bronchospasm. In which case the rescue inhaler (bronchodilator) will help you but the best way to manage your reflux related symptoms, is to have a tight control over it by diet and possibly medication. If you smoke, STOP. You clearly have a history of reactive airway disease. Use the inhaler if it helps the breathing but its not the long-term answer. ...Read more
Red bumps on back of tongue and small area of white coating around them on taste buds. Been there for 2 weeks and no pain. Use asthma inhaler.?
When I run my lungs burn & sometimes I taste blood. I've spat up blood before. I have asthma but my inhaler doesn't help. Can acid reflex do this?
Coughing blood?: If you are coughing up blood, called hemoptysis, you need to be evaluated by your doctor. The most common cause is bronchitis but malignancy needs to be ruled out. Gerd can cause bronchospasm, like asthma does, but neither should cause you to cough up blood. If you are short of breath or coughing up large amounts of blood, then go to the er. If you smoke, you need to quit asap. ...Read more
Mom 50- frequent bronchitis since winter with dry cough- constantly losing voice keeps going to ER for breathing treatment, no history smoking xray negative keeps needing prednisone/inhaler, is this serious?
Does she hav asthma?: If she has history of asthma or allergies? If not she need formal chest x-ray and pulmonary function test. Some times it can be granulomatous condition. If it is asthma or allergies she need antihistamines or inhaled steroid on daily basis to prevent recurrence of flares. I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions. ...Read more
Different types: Some inhalers are designed for "rescue". They directly effect the bronchioles to dilate. Others are cortisone types which are "controllers". They minimize your lungs reactions to whatever triggers the attack. ...Read more
Muscle stimulation: The inhalers that make you jumpy are bronchodilators. They contain beta agonists which stimulate muscle. When they stimulate the smooth muscle in the lung, the broncial tubes relax to let more air in and out. But they also stimulate skeletal muscle (muscle connecting bones) causing tremor and cardiac muscle in the heart causing a mild increase in blood pressure and pulse. ...Read more
Inhaler and growth: If you are 38 I'm afraid you are done growing. The inhaler won't make you shorter no matter what type of inhaler it is. If you are asking about children who use steroid inhalers for asthma, there is some data to show slightly less growth but if their asthma is not well controlled then they grow even less than the kids who are on steroid inhalers and way less then kids without asthma. ...Read more
Multiple reasons: Some people have vocal cords and/or airways that are irritated by the fine crystals of the meds or propellants in the inhaler. Others may develop polyps or irritation of the vocal cords from the corticosteroids in certain inhalers. In others, increased airflow after using the inhaler can trigger coughing up mucus that was otherwise 'stuck' in the airways. Talk with your doctor about your symptoms. ...Read more
Inhalers weight gain: Certain inhalers are steroids. These may affect appetite and fat deposition. It depends on the dose and frequency of the inhaled steroid. More likely, the need for inhalers suggests a decrease in pulmonary function which could diversely affect activity level and thus slow down ones metabolism. This might be a more likely cause for weight gain, decrease activity. ...Read more
Inhalers: Some people use the inhalers and stay at home when they should be seeking medical attention. So that they are in extremis when they finally make it to the hospital. There can also be paradoxical bronchospasm with albuterol use. If you are unclear as to how frequently you should be using an inhaler or concerned that it is not working-contact your doctor! ...Read more
If you need inhalers then go see your md and determine why you need the inhaler. Asthma can be deadly and one needs the right medications. If other issues with breathing they can be chronic. One needs to have the correct diagnosis.
Do not use other peoples drug!
not all that wheezes is asthma. ...Read more
Use a spacer: The easiest way to use an inhaler is with a spacer. You're much more likely to do it correctly. The inhalation for an hfa inhaler is a slow inhalation through the spacer. Dry powder inhalers are used differently, so make sure you review with your doctor or pharmacist the proper way for your inhaler. ...Read more
Need deep inhalation: If they can follow the instruction and take the deep breathe to send the medicine down all the way, then they will have the benefits of the medicine, otherwise it won't be helpful. They have to hold the lips around the mouth piece good enough to inhale the medicine. If they can't, then treatment with nebulizer can give the medication continuously to the airways. ...Read more
Depends on you: The brands really don't make much difference. Some people respond better to one formulation than another, but there is no consistency from person to person. Some inhalers, like xopenex, (levalbuterol) are supposed to have fewer side effects because it is an isomer of albuterol (the most common rescue inhaler). ...Read more