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Doctor insights on: Long Term Effects Of Asthma Inhalers

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Are there any long term effects for untreated mild asthma?

Are there any long term effects for untreated mild asthma?

Possibly: There is a normal decrease in lung function with age. Untreated asthma can worsen the decline in function. Asthma can be sneaky, slowly getting worse over time. You make think it's mild, but you're doing less and less without realizing it. I would recommend routine follow up and lung function testing. ...Read more

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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 long term effects of post nasal drip on asthma?

What are the long term effects of post nasal drip on asthma?

Poor asthma control: One reason for patients with asthma to fail to gain control of their asthma is "co=morbid" condition including allergies or sinusitis (both common reasons for chronic post nasal drip). When the cause of the post nasal drip is found and treated, the asthma should be easier to control. ...Read more

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What is the effect of using an asthma inhaler long-term?

What is the effect of using an asthma inhaler long-term?

Negligible: Side effects of asthma medications are less than side effects of uncontrolled asthma. Don't stop your inhalers without talking with your doctor about your concerns. ...Read more

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I suffer from asthma and all the doctors will give to me is proair rescue inhaler. Is there a long term med that works well?

Depends: If symptoms are infrequent / intermittent / and-or not severe, rescue inhaler may be all you need. There are long-acting beta-agonist inhalers (serevent (salmeterol) as an example), but they are associated with risk of death (...Usually from excessive use during an attack as if it was a short-acting med, and then getting toxic later). Steroid inhaler or med like singulair (/montelukast) may be better next med. ...Read more

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Which one is better for long term asthma prevention, steroid inhaler or oral controlling tablets?

Which one is better for long term asthma prevention, steroid inhaler or oral controlling tablets?

Steroid? Singulair (montelukast)?: Montelukast (singulair), Accolate & zyflo (zileuton) are nonsteroidal tablets that have limited anti-inflammatory effects when compared to inhaled corticosteroids. For mild persistent asthma both types of controller medications are effective. For more severe asthma inhaled steroids work better. You can take both for added effect. Both types of medications treat but neither prevents asthma. ...Read more

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I'm on Combivent, (albuterol and ipratropium) Albuterol inhaler PRN, Advair 500/50 & Singular. Is it a safe combo to be on long term? I have bad asthma and I'm prone to pneumonia

Yes...: This is a safe med combo for treatment of asthma. You should rinse your mouth and spit it out after every Advair dose to prevent thrush, a complication of inhaled steroids. If your asthma exacerbations decrease over time, it is possible that your meds can be reduced (under doctor's supervision) but this combo is safe long-term. Be sure to never smoke! ...Read more

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How long does it take to feel better after starting to take asthma medication?? I started today with an inhaler and a few tablets prescribed by my Dr.

How long does it take to feel better after starting to take asthma medication?? I started today with an inhaler and a few tablets prescribed by my Dr.

Depends on the med: It will usually take 2-4 weeks for anti inflammatory medicines for asthma to reach their full effect, but patients report feeling some improvement within a few days. However, it depends on which medications your doctor chose. ...Read more

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I have long qt syndrome and asthma. I need a rescue inhaler. Which one has been used most on people like me?

I have long qt syndrome and asthma. I need a rescue inhaler. Which one has been used most on people like me?

Talk to your Doc: Long qt syndrome and asthma pose some unique challenges. If one has both these syndromes then follow up is needed with both an allergist and cardiologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Shah Chowdhury
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Inhaler (Definition)

It is a type of medication delivery system used to inhale aerosolized medications. The most well know of this is ...Read more