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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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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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What are the side effects of long term treatment for asthma and allergies ?

What are the side effects of long term treatment for asthma and allergies ?

Productive life: Properly managed asthma and or allergies can provide a patient with access to a normal life, full participation in most physical endeavors and professions enjoyed by unaffected persons.Lack of proper use leads to inconsistent control, the need for excessive rescue or anti-inflammatory medications (steroids) that can lead to hospitalizations or significant side effects. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of taking steroids for baby lungs?

What are the side effects of taking steroids for baby lungs?

Benefits: The benefits of fetal lung maturity far outweigh the risks. They reduce neonatal death, improve lung function, and lessen the risk of bleeding into the brain. If you meet the criteria for steroids, talk with your physician about any apprehension. ...Read more

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Aside from the use of puffers and medicine, what are some treatments for asthma without wheezing?

Aside from the use of puffers and medicine, what are some treatments for asthma without wheezing?

Asthma specialist: would help you better, can't help you online, you need to be well evaluated before starting any treatment, it isn't one treatment that fits all, every patient is different, good luck ...Read more

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What types of inhalers and nebulizer medicines are best for asthma?

What types of inhalers and nebulizer medicines are best for asthma?

Variety: 2 general categories of medications: preventive (usually corticosteroids) and rescue (bronchodilators - beta 2 agonists). So, what is best for you depends on what type of asthma you may have and its severity ...Read more

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What are the risks of taking prednisone and albutoral when you have copd?

What are the risks of taking prednisone and albutoral when you have copd?

Prednisone copd: Prednisone if used short term for acute exacerbations of COPD does not have too many harmful effects except it raises blood sugar and can cause gastritis and sometime bleeding from stomach.But long term use of predniosone can caue osteporosis, supresson of adrenals, weight gain, cushing syndrome, gastric bleeding and ulcer.Albuterol is short acting and safe, too much can cause low level of pattasium. ...Read more

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What is the toxicity of advair and singulair (montelukast) usage in long term asthma treatment?

What is the toxicity of advair and singulair (montelukast) usage in long term asthma treatment?

Non-toxic but...: While every medication has benefits and side effects, the benefits of advair (combination inhaler) and singulair (montelukast) (leukotriene tablet) outweigh the risks when treating serious conditions such as asthma. Long term studies have shown a small affect on rate of growth in pediatric patients for medications containing steroids (advair) but not singulair (montelukast). An allergist can review these issues in detail. ...Read more

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What are the effects of asthma?

What are the effects of asthma?

Inflammation...: Asthma leads to bronchospasm and inflammation so patients with asthma experience shortness of breath, cough, wheezing, etc. Asthmatics have exacerbations and between episodes they are often symptom free. Meds are given to decrease sxs and allow for longer symptom-free intervals and some asthmatics can go for months or even years between exacerbations. ...Read more

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Are the steroids for treating asthma and the steroids people use for muscles the same?

Are the steroids for treating asthma and the steroids people use for muscles the same?

No.: Anabolic steroids are actually male hormones; asthma medications are called "glucocorticosteroids", they suppress immune responses but do not cause muscle overdevelopment. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of using advair inhalers?

Advair: Advair is a combined long-acting bronchial dilator and a steroid. When used alone, the former has been implicated in adverse side-effect on the heart. Fortunately, that does not happen when combined with the steroid. Its chronic use can cause mild growth stunting of about an inch during a child's growing years. Advair is an excellent inhalation medicine for the control of asthma. ...Read more

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What are the risks and benefits of smoking pot?

What are the risks and benefits of smoking pot?

Truth be told...: the medical benefits have been shown to be more profound with the pill versions of marijuana versus the smoked varieties. So don't try to justify smoking pot - no benefits medicinally above taking by pill. ...Read more

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What are the risks of overdosing on an albuterol inhaler?

What are the risks of overdosing on an albuterol inhaler?

Besides overdosing..: Albuterol can relieve symptoms, but will not do anything to treat the underlying condition. Anyone taking it frequently may be masking a serious underlying condition that needs treatment with "controller" type medications. Although frequent use may not lead to "overdosing, " the delay in appropriate treatment is dangerous & can sometimes prove fatal (due to progression of the underlying asthma. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of advair asthma medicine?

What are the side effects of advair asthma medicine?

ADVAIR DISKUS: Combination of inhaled corticosteroid and salmeterol, along acting beta2-agonist are used in asthma and copd.Possible se may increase death from asthma patients. COPD has increase risk of pneumonia. Other se are allergic reactions, increase bp, tremor, glaucoma and cataracts, slow grouth in children. ...Read more

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1.What are the benefits and risks of valium 2. What are the benefits of using Valium over other alternatives?

1.What are the benefits and risks of valium

2. What are  the benefits of using Valium over other  alternatives?

ANTI ANXIETY: Valium 2mg is fair low dose but helps with anxiety, panic, muscle relaxation. Valium very ling acting the body and some others are shorter. ...Read more

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What is the rationale of prescribing steroids for treatment of bronchial asthma?

What is the rationale of prescribing steroids for treatment of bronchial asthma?

Steroids: Steroids are anti-inflammatory in nature. Asthma is a disease that has both inflammation and bronchoconstriction as its components. Both bronchodilators and steroids are used in treatment of asthma. ...Read more

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What are the risk of predisone steroids for children?

What are the risk of predisone steroids for children?

Depends on duration: Prednisone is a type of steroid used to treat a diverse number of conditions. When used for short courses (up to a few weeks) for conditions such as croup, asthma, and allergic reactions, it is very safe except for stomach upset and possible behavior changes. Used long term (months) for things like rheumatologic conditions can cause diabetes, osteoporosis, fat gain, and increased infections. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of smoking marijuana with a vaporizer?

What are the pros and cons of smoking marijuana with a vaporizer?

All pros: Vaporizing marijuana releases the medicinally active cannabinoids without burning the plant releasing toxic byproducts of combustion that can be respiratory irritants. Basically there are many pros and no significant cons, though some people don't find it as satisfying at first. See http://www.Canorml.Org/health/vaporizers and http://www.Recoverytoday.Net/articles/457-marijuana-vaporization. ...Read more

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Whats are the side effects of using slazopyrine with anabolic steroids for RA patients?

Whats are the side effects of using slazopyrine with anabolic steroids for RA patients?

Sulfasalzine ok, but: I use sulfasalzine 5500mg-dr as one of my first line drugs. Anabolic steroids if administered orally are quite dangerous. If low testosterone exists in either sex, it should be repleated. Of note is the fact that in this female dominant disease, many men are hypogonadal. There are no specific protocols for using anabolics (which one) with ra. However, there are protocals for treating low-t. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of taking nasal spray contain corticosteriods because i have allergy for life long?

What are the side effects of taking  nasal spray contain corticosteriods because i have allergy for life long?

Nosebleeds: are the most common although less than 1% incidence if used properly (aiming spray towards the outside direction instead of the center). The safety record for long term use has been quite good otherwise. ...Read more

Dr. Foead Geula
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Steroids (Definition)

Many children with croup need prescription medications. Often steroids can ...Read more