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How long after?: If you just quit smoking very recently, the wheezing can come from the resultant increase in sputum production that occurs after the bronchial tree's mucociliary elevator starts up again (long story) and as such may stop after several weeks. However, the fear would be that emphysema has already set in, and this wheeze would be permanent, then. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cessation is great: Nicotrol (nicotine patch) can be effective in smoking cessation as will the gum, patches, etc.You must want to quit as well. Don't think the nicotine substitute (any form) will do it all. You must meet half way. Go on line for all the smoking cessation sites. I'm sure one will be helpful. ...Read more
Yes: Sure, it is (was) a very common medication. If you are in il, call me. Most of the times, however, I use wellbutrin (bupropion) - less side effects, additional benefits and the same likelihood to quit. By the way, it is better to be used as a part of a "cocktail" and with a couch-like person. ...Read more
Up in the Air: There are not sufficient data one way or the other to say specifically that advair won't harm your baby. As a general rule, inhaled medications are somewhat safer than pills or liquids because the levels in the blood are not as high for inhaled medications. Your doctor can help determine if your lung disease severity outweighs the potential risk to your baby. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Yes and no: Both do harm to the body in different ways, nicotine is implicated with cancer , weed also has implicated with cancer in a recent study an increased incidence of testicular cancer was found . In regards to addiction they both cause increase of Dopamine which happens to be the chief chemical associated with pleasure, reward and re-inforcement of a behavior. I would suggest both not be used. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: the smoking ritual itself, whether cigarettes, pipes or tobacco produces a psychological dependency, and the nicotine is absorbed through the mucous membranes of the mouth even in those who don't inhale. In addition, it is highly associated with head and neck cancer (mouth, tongue, throat etc), with higher amounts of cancer-causing tars than cigarettes have. ...Read more
Will 500 mcg Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) inhaler effect a metacholine test significantly?
Yes: Yes it can, please consult with your PFT lab technician regarding the protocol at your lab. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes it can help: Assume Clomid (clomiphene) is to help get pregnant. There is plenty of research showing smoking having negative impact on fertility, from direct effects on eggs, to transport to fallopian tubes, to increased spontaneous abortion. Zero tobacco gives you the best chances. It may take 3 months after quitting. Quitting helps medications work better. If you get pregnant, quitting keeps tobacco from baby. Win win! ...Read more
Stopping smoking. I've tried numerous times to quit smoking using patches, inhalers, electronic ciggerettes and also cold turkey several times?
Talk to doc for meds: Smoking cessation can be difficult but it can be done. I would advise you speak with your general practitioner and ask him/her about smoking cessation medications like bupropion or varenicline. Both of these medications are available in the UK, Europe, Canada, and the US. They can work in conjunction with the nicotine replacement methods of patches and gums. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer