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Vicodin And Asthma
Is it ok to take an asthma inhaler like albuterol after taking 15 mg of vicodin. I also take prescribed 60?
Yes: There should not be an issue.Get a more detailed answer ›
Have asthma prescribed Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) for pain - chest is tight. Is this okay to take?
Need more info: Was norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) prescribed to treat chest pain, or for symptoms of asthma? If no, don't take it for those reasons. If the question is rather is notco safe for pain not related to asthma but you just happen to have asthma, then yes. Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) would not be expected to induce an asthma attack in otherwise controlled asthma. ...Read more
You don't: Asthma is a chronic condition of increased small airway reactions. There are genetic and environmental factors that persist throughout life, usually becoming evident in childhood. One learns to live with their asthma & present medications offer a near normal existence to most. There is no cure, there are programs that promote stability & reduced flare ups through early recognition of problems. ...Read more
Asthma is a chronic disease and the aim is to control the symptoms. It is not "cured" but as it is controlled symptoms become less frequent.
Always look for triggers in the environment and I your home, as well as seasonal allergic triggers. Infections, scents, changes in weather can all trigger symptoms.
Learn about your meds and always follow your action plan. ...Read more
Many: The most important factor is genetics, the second is the environment. At least half of the asthma cases are related to allergies, others mostly unknown and often called intrinsic asthma. Tobacco exposure, viral infection, aside from allergic triggers, often exacerbate asthma. For further details check www. Aaaai. Org. ...Read more
Lung testing.: Asthma involves inflammation, muscle spasm and mucus production in the airways. It is diagnosed by history, physical exam, and lung function testing. Patients often complain of chest tightness, wheezing, cough, and shortness of breath. It can occur in any age group, although it is the most common chronic illness in children. ...Read more
Inhalers & avoidance: Avoiding things that trigger your asthma, such as dust or animals, can help. Most asthma is controlled with short acting inhalers like albuterol, & long acting inhaled steroids. Albuterol helps acute attacks; inhaled steroids help prevent attacks from happening in the first place. Other meds, such as singulair (montelukast) or oral steroids, are used when these aren't enough to keep it under control. ...Read more
Airway inflammation: Simplistically, asthma is characterized by airway inflammation, and falls into the classification of allergic or atopic diseases. In response to various "allergens", such as pollens, mold, dander, etc., the body creates an inflammatory response which leads to bronchoconstriction. In some, this is chronic, in others, this can be occasional or "episodic." therapy is generally straightforward. ...Read more
Possibilities: This time of year there are a number of possibilities - this is a high season for ragweed and tree allergies. You might also have a viral or bronchial infection. I would seek medical advice in person if you are experiencing a significant worsening of your asthma. Sometimes asthma exacerbations can be shortened if treated early. ...Read more
Night...: Nocturnal refers to night time. So, nocturnal asthma is present when an asthmatic awakens from sleep with asthma sxs like shortness of breath, cough, etc. There are medications that can be given to try to prevent this from happening. Keep track of how often this happens, what time the awakenings occur, exact sxs present, etc so your doctor can prescribe an effective regimen for you. ...Read more
Were you tested?:
If you have been tested a course of treatment should have been prescribed. Depending on the severity of your asthma, various treatments may be started. Mild infrequent attacks may be treated with a rescue inhaler whereas more frequent severe attacks may require a controller inhaler to be added. The best course must be determined by you and your physician.
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Inflammation: Is the precipitating cause but no one really knows the actual underlying reason some people develop asthma. We do know that allergies and respiratory infections can lead to inflammation that leads to wheezing and "asthma" symptoms. Diet and genetics my also influence developing asthma. ...Read more
Lots of things: There are many asthma triggers. In some cases they can be identified & avoided, or desensitization therapy by an allergist might help. But in most cases, the triggers are difficult if not impossible to avoid, and the answer lies in calming down the asthma response with an inhaled corticosteroid. If asthma symptoms are frequent or severe, increased treatment is needed to avoid serious consequences. ...Read more
Many...: There are many medications that can be used for asthma. For acute wheezing episodes - albuterol in the form of nebulized medication or inhaler is the drug of choice. In an acute flare, your physician may also prescribe an oral steroid. When attacks are frequent, a physician will likely consider one of the many controller medications that are meant to be taken daily. Too many to list - talk to doc ...Read more
The background to the lung inflammation can be from many causes. Allergies, cold air, strenuous exercise, etc. It is very important to your treatment to get to the cause and minimize or eliminate exposure if possible.
A good history taken by your physician may be abler to pinpoint the cause (s). Get checked.
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Time for a visit: To start write down all the symptoms you have that lead you to this question. Also record any information on family history, things that bring out symptoms, etc. Take this list to your doc and seek an evaluation. After this is reviewed and possible testing, this may be confirmed, excluded or neither. Not all that produces wheezing or cough is asthma. ...Read more
Asthma: They range from mild where you need a rescue inhaler once in a while, less then 2 times weekly, to moderate to severe where you are constantly on medications and needs daily inhalers and maybe other medications. Severe asthma consists 15% of all asthmatics. A spirometry test can guide the treatment. ...Read more
Asthma: There are 3 main characteristics of asthma: airway inflammation, sensitivity to triggers, and the temporary occurrence of airflow obstruction leading to shortness of breath. These symptoms can be relieved by rescue and/or controller medications like albuterol and inhaled steroids. If you are concerned you might have asthma see your doctor or Allergist for evaluation and pulmonary function testing. ...Read more
Asthma: Asthma is a type of obstructive lung disease whose symptoms can consist of coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and/or mucus production. Allergy is a frequent trigger for asthmatic issue but is not the only one. Other triggers include exercise, infection/viral, weather related, tobacco exposure... ...Read more