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Over The Counter Asthma Inhaler
Acute bronchitis....: Acute bronchitis is an infection of the airways, usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection. If a bacterial infection is present, antibiotics are sometimes needed. If a virus is the culprit, treatment is largely symptom relief, including drinking plenty of fluids, rest, etc. Saline nasal spray can help with nasal congestion, throat lozenges can help the sore throat, etc. If worsening, see dr. ...Read more
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
Depends on severity:
Tonsillitis is usually a viral or bacterial infecion of the tonsils. IN most cases, it settles without ANY treatment (although is is painful and uncomfortable). However, in a small set of cases, it can complicate and cause serious morbidity.
If you have a mild case of sore throat, it might be sufficient to use an oral rinse such as Andolex C, and pain killers like Paracetamol. If worse, see an ENT ...Read more
Can I use Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) ventolin inhaler and fluticasone nose spray at the same time?
My "asthma* symptoms have never included a tickly cough until now. Ventolin relieves the cough. Can blue inhalers relieve coughs in non-asthmatics?
Does the asthma medication "symbicort" (budesonide/formoterol) prevent or relieve the symptoms of asthma?
Prevent: Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) is a "controller" medication for asthma - it reduces asthmatic inflammation in the lungs, thereby preventing bronchospasm and its associated symptoms. Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) is not approved in the United States for relieving the symptoms of asthma. Albuterol is the drug of choice to treat an asthma attack. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
OTC - anxiety: Passion flower, valerian ; chamomile may help. However, would recommend lifestyle changes first. Talk about feelings ; address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine ; alcohol (or moderate). Try qi gong, tai chi, acupuncture, acupressure, meditation or yoga. Get med eval. ...Read more
Removed from market: There are currently no over the counter asthma inhalers in the us. The manufacturers of primatine are petitioning the fda to keep it available. No actions as of yet. Available prescription rescue inhalers more specific with fewer side effects. Recently a new otc inhaler has been released. It is called asthmanefrin. I recommend you speak with your physician before starting any medications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I know the inhaler contains the decongestant levomethamphetamine. does this relieve chest congestion or only nasal?
Congestion: Asthma medication or inhalers are for the lungs. They will do nothing for nasal congestion and this is why not having good medication to cover allergy symptoms will continually trigger the asthma. You need both when you have symptoms in both areas a nasal decongestant for your nose and inhalers for your lungs. ...Read more
Does using the advair diskus (salmeterol and fluticasone) and the singulair tablet cause cold symptoms to be worse?
Perhaps: Seratide is a combination of a long acting beta agonist (like albuterol but longer acting) and a steroid (cortisone-type). It is used to minimize attacks and like other drugs in this category, does work well but only when taking on a regular basis. It is not for rescue therapy. Reducing your triggers and regular use of a controller like seratide can give you long periods of asthma free living. ...Read more
Antiinflammatories: Antiinflammatory pills are commonly used to treat the symptoms of gout. Ibuprofen and Naproxen are available over the counter, and of course are less powerful than prescriptions. However, these treat symptoms only and not the underlying problem. Make sure you consult with your doctor regardless to make sure the gout is being treated appropriately. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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