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Asthma. Meds serevent (salmeterol) and Pulmicort helpful?

Asthma. Meds serevent (salmeterol) and Pulmicort helpful?

The combination help: Pulmicort is an inhaled steroid that reduces inflammation in the lung. Serevent (salmeterol) is a long acting bronchodilator that when used with an inhaled steroid, can help the effectivess of the inhaled steroid. Serevent (salmeterol) used without the inhaled steroid can over 1-2 weeks or more can make asthma worse. Serevent (salmeterol) with asthma should only be used with an inhaled steroid. ...Read more

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Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more


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Which is better for COPD patients, albuterol inhaler or Combivent (albuterol and ipratropium) inhaler?

Which is better for COPD patients, albuterol inhaler or Combivent (albuterol and ipratropium) inhaler?

Unknown: Longer term studies show that both drugs are quick acting and relieve acute dyspnea/shortness of breath. It appears unlikely that either drug affects the natural history of asthma/copd. Longer acting drugs called maintenance inhalers are associated with significant decreases in exacerbation (flares) of these diseases and may affect lung function longer term. ...Read more

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Can spiriva be prescribed for exercise induced asthma?

Can spiriva be prescribed for exercise induced asthma?

No: A the present time spiriva is only indicated for use in patients with copd. Based on how the medication works and what causes exercise-induced asthma, it is not likely that spiriva would give any significant relief to those symptoms. ...Read more

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Can asthma meds cause asthma?

Can asthma meds cause asthma?

Unfortunately, yes: Many medicines can cause asthma as a side effect, (airway tightness rather). The most known for that are the LABAs (Long Acting Beta Agonists) meant for long term control of asthma and for airways to remain open for a longer period, but unfortunately led in some patients, especially during an asthma flare, to a paradoxical effect: airway tightening!! Hence the black box warning by the FDA ...Read more

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What drugs treat bronchial asthma?

What drugs treat bronchial asthma?

CONTROLLER&RELIEVER: There are Controller MAEDICTIONS which some patients have to take every day to keep Asthma under control These are Long Term beta agonists(Long Term Bronchodilaters) Steroids Inhaled and Leucotrine like Singular Reiever or Resque Meds Quick acting Bronchodilaters like Albuterol,Xopenex Short Course of Steroids Most meds are given via inhaler or Nebuliser Except Singular or Oral Steroids ...Read more

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Flovent or advair, which treats COPD better?

Flovent or advair, which treats COPD better?

Advair: just an inhaled steroid by itself, like flovent, is seldom, if ever, enough treatment for COPD. You almost always need a bronchodilator along with it. I have never just prescribed an inhaled steroid for COPD. Flovent is a treatment for asthma. ...Read more

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Best asthma medication for reactive airways Viral induced?

Best asthma medication for reactive airways
Viral induced?

Asthma?: If you have asthma, you need to address inflammation and airway reactivity hence the advice to use both a bronchodilator and an inhaled steroid. If you are having wheezing from a viral illness and the wheezing is reversed with a bronchodilator, there is a possibility that you have had mild asthma and symptoms were not enough to get your attention until the respiratory illness. ...Read more

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Corticosteroid asthma medicine symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) or advair diskus; which is better?

Corticosteroid asthma medicine symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) or advair diskus; which is better?

Both are good: It's a matter of personal response to the medications. Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) is an aerosol and the coordination required to inhale it is a little harder than the diskus. Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) contains formoterol as the long-acting bronchodilator, and that works faster than the salmeterol in advair. Both come in different strengths as well. Try both and consider what each costs on your plan and the side effects you have. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: spiriva handihaler (tiotropium bromide)?

Please describe the medication: spiriva handihaler (tiotropium bromide)?

An inhaled COPD med: That is an anti-cholinergic drug used once daily in the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. ...Read more

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Is tilade (nedocromil) asthma medication?

Yes...: Tilade (nedocromil) is an asthma medication, especially effective for asthmatics with allergic triggers. ...Read more

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What medications for bronchial asthma work best?

What medications for bronchial asthma work best?

CONTROLLER MEDS: In my opinion Controller meds which include inhaled Steroids with long acting Bronchodilaters also inhaled in combinations if taken correctly work best and sometimes one can add Montelucast(Singular) to that to control Asthma and reduce the incidents of acute attacks and exacerbations to minimum For acute attacks reliever meds like Albuterol or Levalbuteral are used with oral steroids sometimes ...Read more

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Which is better Spiriva or Seretide for COPD?

Which is better Spiriva or Seretide for COPD?

2 different meds: Did you see a pulmomologist who prescribed these 2 meds? Seretide is a combination of futicasone & salmetrol. Spiriva is a different medication- long acting anticholinergic. One may complement the other.See a pulmonologist to discuss about these meds. ...Read more

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Mild asthma, occasional nighttime wheezing given dulera (formoterol and mometasone). Put on propanolol for migraines. med interaction. a better med for longterm asthma treatment?

Mgt: You may want to consider using an inhaled steroid and the Albuterol as needed if these medications control your asthma. You can also take an oral steroid for a short period of time. The combination medication has a longer acting medication. A follow up appointment: healthtap.com/DosanjhMD Code: NCYHPZ ...Read more

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What's medication is best for COPD patients---combivent or flovent?

What's medication is best for COPD patients---combivent or flovent?

See below: These are 2 different medications, Neither of which are used as long term treatment for COPD. The combivent is good to use for quick acting relief, but isn't a maintenance medication for COPD - you need something long acting. The flovent is just an inhaled steroid, which is used for asthma. If you combine the flovent with a long acting bronchodilator, then you could use it for COPD ...Read more

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Is the asthma medication "symbicort" (budesonide/formoterol) a preventative drug or a reliever?

Is the asthma medication "symbicort" (budesonide/formoterol) a preventative drug or a reliever?

Preventative drug: Medications such as symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) which contain and inhaled corticosteroid are used as maintenance (preventive) therapy to control persistent asthma. The formoterol component is a long-acting airway opener and may provide some initial relief of acute asthma symptoms; however symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) should never be used to relieve acute asthma symptoms (use your rescue albuterol under those conditions). ...Read more

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Can Singulair (montelukast) help treat acute bronchitis?

Can Singulair (montelukast) help treat acute bronchitis?

Singulair (montelukast): Should be OK but if it is not helping within a day or two, please contact your doctor. ...Read more

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What conditions require xopenex (levalbuterol) hfa inhalers?

What conditions require xopenex (levalbuterol) hfa inhalers?

Bronchodilator: Xopenex/levalbuterol is useful as bronchodilator. It opens lower airways in asthma and asthma-related conditions. ...Read more

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Pt. With severe COPD and is non - responsive to inhaled steroids. Has tried "most" of the inhaled albuterols, combivents, (albuterol and ipratropium) and anti-cholinergis. ?

Pt. With severe COPD and is non - responsive to inhaled steroids.  Has tried "most" of the inhaled albuterols,  combivents, (albuterol and ipratropium) and anti-cholinergis. ?

See below: I would recommend discussing this with your pulmonologist or if you need a second opinion, find someone on here that has a UT license and discuss it with them. It's possible you aren't on the right medication or maybe have a different diagnosis. ...Read more

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What meds treat acute bronchitis?

What meds treat acute bronchitis?

Depends...: If acute bronchitis is due to bacterial infection, then antibiotics are usually prescribed. If there is a viral etiology, treatment is aimed at symptom management while the infection runs its course. ...Read more

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)

Also known as COPD, may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. ...Read more