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Is it dangerous to inhale asthma medications with steroids inside?

Is it dangerous to inhale asthma medications with steroids inside?

No: It is dangerous however, to let asthma symptoms go untreated. If one needs a rescue inhaler (albuterol) more than twice a week on a regular basis, and the rescue inhaler is used for more than just vigorous activity, that is a sign that asthma is poorly controlled. A controller medication like an inhaled steroid and/ or singulair (montelukast) is needed;. ...Read more

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Does inhaled steroid such as flovent ever made you feel better instantly or within an hr?

Does inhaled steroid such as flovent ever made you feel better instantly or within an hr?

Actually, they do.: This is due to the placebo effect that accounts for around 30% of the improvement with any positive thing we do to improve our health. So even though physicians tell you not to expect measurable improvement for 1-2 weeks you may subjectively feel better very soon. Nothing wrong with that. You'll feel even better in a few weeks when the anti-inflammatory effects of the inhaled steroid kicks in. ...Read more

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Will my long term inhaled steroid asthma medicine (qvar) interfere with general anesthesia?

Will my long term inhaled steroid asthma medicine (qvar) interfere with general anesthesia?

No, take your med: Qvar is being prescribed to help control the inflammation in your bronchi so you will be less susceptible to wheezing when challenged. Surgery and anesthesia are challenges. Therefore, you really need to stay on your medication regularly so you will have the easiest time when you are recovering. You should take it every day, even the morning of surgery. Get an asthma checkup before anesthesia. ...Read more

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Would long term use of asthma inhaled steroid cause blue sclera?

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Would long term use of asthma inhaled steroid cause blue sclera?

No: But it is associated with a slightly higher risk for cataracts. ...Read more

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Why do you have to rinse your mouth after using an inhaled steroid for asthma?

Why do you have to rinse your mouth after using an inhaled steroid for asthma?

Thrush: Inhaled steroids can cause a fungal infection in your mouth and throat area. Rinsing your mouth aster us of inhaled steroid helps prevent this, . ...Read more

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Is it possible that an inhaled steroid (advair) could cause type one diabetes in a child? My brother and sister are both are type one.

No: Inhaled steroids have their effect directly in the lung tissue & reach negligible levels in the blood. There is no evidence that even oral steroid use that achieve much higher blood levels cause t1dm. The primary origin of t1dm is an inflammatory response to a preceding infection that triggers loss of Insulin production. Steroids have been studied in efforts to reverse t1dm. ...Read more

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I'm supposed to be off pred/steroids before my alif surgery, what about advair which is an inhaled steroid & flonase, steroid nose spray? Thoughts?

I'm supposed to be off pred/steroids before my alif surgery, what about advair which is an inhaled steroid & flonase, steroid nose spray? Thoughts?

Adrenal suppression: Being on steroids (inhaled, IV or oral) 3 months, can suppress your adrenal glands, leaving them unable to respond adequately to surgical stress. Your concern is important and having a pre-operative visit with your regular doc/rheumatologist to discuss this issue will be important. Okay to discuss with your surgeon as well. You may benefit from stress steroids around your surgery. ...Read more

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Which of the following asthma medications should I reduce if have no symptoms at all 1)controlling tablets 2)quick relief inhaler 3)steroid inhaler?

Which of the following asthma medications should I reduce if have no symptoms at all 1)controlling tablets 2)quick relief inhaler 3)steroid 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 more

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Prescribed Pulmicort flexhaler and told it is less taxing on liver, won't create bloating or hair growth. How is it different than other steroids?

Inhaled not systemic: Inhaled steroids work locally, aren't absorbed into the circulation as much as steroids taken orally or by injection. They have fewer general side effects (which can be multiple and affect every organ system). ...Read more

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Pulmicort vs steroids was not referencing anabolic steroids: other steroids (pills, liquid inhalers) for asthma. Dr told me not as damaging 2 body. T/f?

Pulmicort vs steroids was not referencing anabolic steroids: other steroids (pills, liquid inhalers) for asthma. Dr told me not as damaging 2 body. T/f?

True!: Pulmicort is an inhaled form of corticosteroid designed to reduce inflammation in your lungs that make asthma worse. The reason it has less side effects than the pill form is because the liver is able to break down much of the drug before it can affect the rest of your body. Pulmicort is the asthma drug of choice for pregnant patients and is category b. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take a daily oral steroid for asthma like, pulmicort, when you are already taking methotrexate and prednisone 9 mg, for dermatomyositis?

Is it ok to take a daily oral steroid for asthma like, pulmicort, when you are already taking methotrexate and prednisone 9 mg, for dermatomyositis?

Yes: Pulmicort is inhaled and hardly ever causes systemic side effects. Very safe medication and nothing to worry. Prednisone has many more side effects although 9 mg is a low dose. ...Read more

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3.5 month old w/recurrent URI &retractions. Now on oral steroid &antibiotic on top of Pulmicort &albuterol nebs & zantac (ranitidine). When should I see improvment?

3.5 month old w/recurrent URI &retractions. Now on oral steroid &antibiotic on top of Pulmicort &albuterol nebs & zantac (ranitidine). When should I see improvment?

BRONCHIOLITIS: Looks like you already have all the necessary medications. Your baby will soon recover depending on the severity of the infection. Push fluid intake it will help liquify thick phlem. Make sure you observe the color of the baby for any cyanosis. If you are not sure, call your dr for consult. ...Read more

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Can my Pulmicort inhaler affect my blood sugar?

Can my Pulmicort inhaler affect my blood sugar?

Hardly any effect: But make sure you swish and spit with water after each inhalation. ...Read more

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Inhaler vapor sometimes reaches my daughter's eyes when using mask. She's an infant. Also, is the pacifier adapter good for Pulmicort nebulizer?

Inhaler vapor sometimes reaches my daughter's eyes when using mask. She's an infant. Also, is the pacifier adapter good for Pulmicort nebulizer?

Check the fit: Some leaking of mist around the nebilizer mask is normal, and for the most part produces no health risk. Most children will close their eyes as a normal response if the mist is irritating. Consider using a different sized mask to reduce leakage. The pacifier adapter is useful for those who do not tolerate a mask, but does not deliver the medication as effectively. ...Read more

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My 2 year old son is having a constant persistent cough but has severe asthma and allergies has moderate to severe asthma and allergies is on an advair inhaler twice a day for the last two weeks and the last three days I switched him back to his Pulmicort

My 2 year old son is having a constant persistent cough but has severe asthma and allergies has moderate to severe asthma and allergies is on an advair inhaler twice a day for the last two weeks and the last three days I switched him back to his Pulmicort

Has: Has he been seen by an allergist, or are these medications being given by his pediatrician.? There may be more going on. Would definitely have him seen by his doctor or whoever is covering for him. ...Read more

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What kind of steroids are inside an inhaler?

What kind of steroids are inside an inhaler?

Corticosteroids: The type of steroids in inhalers used to control asthma are corticosteroids (cortisone-like). These are not the kind of steroids that are sometimes abused by athletes (called androgenic steroids), so you don't have to be concerned about having those side effects. Still, we must respect corticosteroids; if not used as prescribed, they can cause their own side effects. ...Read more

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What r side effects of inhaled steroids?

What r side effects of inhaled steroids?

Asthma inhalers: "trush" or oral yeast may occur when inhaled frequently. Brushing your teeth and tongue after inhaling will help to prevent this. ...Read more

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Does the ventolin inhaler contain steroids?

Does the ventolin inhaler contain steroids?

No: Ventolin does not contain steroids. Its active ingredient is albuterol which is a stimulant (beta 2 agonist). ...Read more

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When should I use inhaled steroids used for asthma?

When should I use inhaled steroids used for asthma?

"rules of 2": If you use a rescue inhaler like albuterol more than twice per week, wake at night with asthma symptoms more than twice per month, or refill albuterol more than twice per year, then you may need inhaled steroids to help control your asthma. A breathing test performed by an allergist or pulmonologist can be helpful in deciding whether inhaled steroids should be used as well. ...Read more

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Anyone have bad experience using a steroid inhaler?

Anyone have bad experience using a steroid inhaler?

Inhaler: My daughter uses an inhaler and it has worked very well. ...Read more

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Does the xopenex (levalbuterol) inhaler contain steroids?

Does the xopenex (levalbuterol) inhaler contain steroids?

No.: Xopenx is a single medicine known as a short-acting-beta agonist (saba). There is no steroid. Its base medicine is albuterol. Most drugs have two forms-the active chemical and its mirror image (kind or like a right hand and left hand). Many drugs, only one of them works as the medicine. Xopenex (levalbuterol) is the "working form" of albuterol. Used to try and decrease side effects using active form of med. ...Read more

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What are the benefits and drawbacks of inhaled steroids for asthma?

What are the benefits and drawbacks of inhaled steroids for asthma?

Few drawbacks: Inhaled corticosteroids (ic) are an amazing gift for persistent asthma patients reducing asthma episodes, hospitalization & deaths & improving lung function & quality of life. High doses are infrequently associated with bone calcium loss & slower growth in kids. Moderate doses are not & work as well as higher doses. Ic reduces the need for oral Prednisone a drug with many more adverse effects. ...Read more

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When is the best time for me to initiate therapy with inhaled steroids?

When is the best time for me to initiate therapy with inhaled steroids?

Understanding asthma: Be sure you know you have asthma and what your specific symptoms are. Asthma is not always audible wheezing or tightness in the chest. A plain cough can be an asthma equivalent. Asthma is not just from an allergic stimulus but can also be from physical elements such as cold and velocity of air over the airway.Steroids do not work as well in physical asthma triggers. Consult your md to clarify. ...Read more

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