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Anyone using prescribed advair for extreme asthma, instead of oral steroids?

Anyone using prescribed advair for extreme asthma, instead of oral steroids?

Advair...: Advair is a combination long-term bronchodilator and steroid inhaler. It can be used instead of systemic steroids, thus avoiding many of the side effects of systemic steroids. Follow your doctor's instructions and seek help immediately if you have an acute exacerbation. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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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How long do people generally take inhaled steroids like advair for sports asthma?

How long do people generally take inhaled steroids like advair for sports asthma?

Exerc-induced asthma: Inhaled albuterol usually prevents exercise-induced asthma (sports asthma as you call it). The fact that you need inhaled steroids makes me believe that there is bronchial inflammation involved as observed in those with real asthma. So you may have both. Duration of use is dictated by absence of symptoms for at least one more week after cough has disappeared. ...Read more

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My son is on advair, singulair and nasonex (mometasone). He's been on several steroid treatments due to asthma attacks but nothing besides the steroids will work!?

My son is on advair, singulair and nasonex (mometasone).  He's been on several steroid treatments due to asthma attacks but nothing besides the steroids will work!?

Complicated: Yourcsins history seems too comicated for this forum by best advice is to see an experienced allergist as well as an ENT and get a good evaluation from both. Has he tried nasal anti-histamines? (patanase or astelin). ...Read more

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Asthma at 73% peak flow unprodctv cough except formed ovoid balls lt yellow. Drinking tons! 97.5 singulair (montelukast) advair, proair -2 osteopenia, steroids bad?

Asthma at 73% peak flow unprodctv cough except formed ovoid balls lt yellow. Drinking tons! 97.5 singulair (montelukast) advair, proair -2 osteopenia, steroids bad?

Steroids: People with chronic asthma or COPD if they need steroid should not be withheld as it is lifesaving. We do have to protect the bones as we want to avoid most of all spinal fractures. We can give certain things like calcitonin or bisphosphonates if needed. Your doctor and you can make that decision when you discuss your problem. ...Read more

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What is a detox for asthma steroids?

What is a detox for asthma steroids?

Careful: Very important - do you mean steroids by mouth (or injection)? Or simply by spray inhaler (MDI). Very different. When taking oral steroids such as prednisone/prednisolone/methylprednisolone for prolonged periods (more than a few days), cautious slow reduction of dose is required to avoid a (potentially) life threatening adverse reaction. Inhaled steroids far safer; pts vary dose via action plans. ...Read more

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Is a steroid shot for asthma painful?

Is a steroid shot for asthma painful?

Depends: On your pain threshold. Some people have no problems whereas others faint at the sight of a needle. However, most steroids for asthma can be given orally too. ...Read more

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What are some detoxes for asthma steroids?

What are some detoxes for asthma steroids?

Can't improve nature: Since steroids are just look-a-likes of naturally made hormone cortisol, a healthy liver is the best and highly evolved detoxing agent. In fact, slow withdrawal is often required b/c liver detoxes steroids too fast. Side effects are from super high medicinal doses attaching to steroid receptors on every cell in the body bringing it directly to the nucleus, flipping DNA into overdrive days to weeks ...Read more

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Are all steroids for asthma ever fattening?

Are all steroids for asthma ever fattening?

Sometimes: Frequent oral steroids can cause weight gain but the inhaled steroids rarely cause any side effects if used correctly. ...Read more

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When do I need to take advair after asthma attack?

When do I need to take advair after asthma attack?

Not a rescue drug: Advair is a combination drugs used as a "controller" in asthma and COPD. You should be taking it on a regular basis not after an attack. Your rescue inhaler (ie albuterol) should be used only when you are having an attack. Talk over an asthma plan with your physician. so you know exactly when and how to use each drug. Good Luck ...Read more

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When should I use inhaled steroids used for asthma?

When should I use inhaled steroids used for asthma?

"rules of 2": If you use a rescue inhaler like albuterol more than twice per week, wake at night with asthma symptoms more than twice per month, or refill albuterol more than twice per year, then you may need inhaled steroids to help control your asthma. A breathing test performed by an allergist or pulmonologist can be helpful in deciding whether inhaled steroids should be used as well. ...Read more

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Hi docs, would asthma steroids make me gain weight?

Depends: If you mean the inhaler steroids, it is not likely since most of the drug does not get into your system. On the other hand, oral tablets or liquid can cause this problem. It will depend on how much and for how long. Talk it over with your physician. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the mechanism by which oral steroids work for asthma?

Reduce inflammation: Steroids act as an anti inflammatory agent. When taken orally, they ultimately reach the lung and reduce the inflammatory process that results in bronchial constriction. Inhaled steroids are preferred in that they predominantly work in the lung and spare the rest of the body. ...Read more

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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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Asthma inflamation& irritation during hazardous air qual I use advair twice daily., what to do?

Not sure of question: I am thinking that your advair may not be working to your satisfaction. If this is the case, talk to your physician. You may need an adjustment in your controller. In those times of hazardous air qual, do you use your rescue inhaler, how often and does it work? These are questions your physician will probably ask so be prepared. Good luck. ...Read more

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Currently on advair 250/50 for asthma and early stages of copd. Ins. No longer covers advair. Good alternatives?

Currently on advair 250/50 for asthma and early stages of copd. Ins. No longer covers advair. Good alternatives?

Single agent: That is the problem when the new system tells us how to practice medicine. Anyway, ask your doctor for inhaled steroid alone first and not the combination along with the rescue bronchodilator and try to justify the combination later. ...Read more

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Advair upped to 500/50 to better control asthma symptoms. Is there anything I should watch out for at the highest dosage?

Advair upped to 500/50 to better control asthma symptoms. Is there anything I should watch out for at the highest dosage?

Thrush/tachy: you should be sure to rinse out your mouth after ever use to limit the chance of catching thrush from steroids in the mouth. The higher dose could make you a bit more jittery at first but should calm down after a few days ...Read more

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My son has asthma is taking advair and singulair (montelukast) daily. Is there anything else that i can do to improve his asthma?

My son has asthma is taking advair and singulair (montelukast) daily. Is there anything else that i can do to improve his asthma?

See an allergist: Identifying and avoiding triggers can also help. See an allergist for testing. Allergy shots can be beneficial for allergic asthmatics. Patients with moderate to severe asthma who are allergic to year-round allergens and who do not experience control with the usual medications may be candidates for xolair injections. ...Read more

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Does advair inhaler expire after 30 days? My asthma was doing really well than it just got really bad about a week ago. My dad has same problem thanks

Does advair inhaler expire after 30 days? My asthma was doing really well than it just got really bad about a week ago. My dad has same problem thanks

Asthma Control: Look at the expiration date on the advair disc or the box. If you are taking advair as prescribed and your asthma is not getting better or any worsening, check with your physician. You need something else, may be oral prednisolone. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregg Albers
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