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Doctor insights on: Why Do I Need To Take A Bronchodilator Before A Steroid Inhaler

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Why do I need to take a bronchodilator before a steroid inhaler?

Why do I need to take a bronchodilator before a steroid inhaler?

Different meds: Short acting bronchodilators are used in asthma to relax the smooth muscle of the airway and are usually used for rescue (or premed for exercise induced symptoms). Steroid inhalers are daily medications to reduce inflammation in the lungs and are not rapid onset. ...Read more

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Steroid Inhaler (Definition)

Inhaled corticosteroids help keep your airways from swelling up. This helps keep your asthma symptoms away. If your child cannot use an inhaler, your doctor will give you Pulmicort Respules. This drug is used with a nebulizer. This machine can turn liquid medicine into a spray, so your child can ...Read more


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My daughter had one time an asthma attack , for how many months should she take singulair (montelukast) and steroid inhaler ?

My daughter had one time an asthma attack , for how many months should she take singulair (montelukast) and steroid inhaler ?

3-6 months: If she is on both singular and a steroid inhaler, it sounds like she has had more than one asthma attack in her lifetime to be put on two preventative medicines. Normally we'd like to see good control for at least 3-6 months before we start weaning preventative drugs. ...Read more

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Anyone have bad experience using a steroid inhaler?

Anyone have bad experience using a steroid inhaler?

Inhaler: My daughter uses an inhaler and it has worked very well. ...Read more

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Can a steroid inhaler cause gums to swell and bleed?

Can a steroid inhaler cause gums to swell and bleed?

Yes: Although it is not common, the steroid in the inhaler can deposit on the gums, causing symptoms. Always rinse your mouth after doing any inhaler - it's just safe. ...Read more

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If I use a steroid inhaler for my asthma, is it dangerous to nurse my baby?

If I use a steroid inhaler for my asthma, is it dangerous to nurse my baby?

No: Using a steroid inhaler is not a reason to stop nursing a healthy baby. The known benefits of breast milk far outweigh any theoretical risks from the medication. You absorb only a small amount of the steroid from your inhaler into your bloodstream. Only a tiny amount of that small amount would make it into breast milk - perhaps not even a detectable amount at all. ...Read more

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I can't avoid some of my asthma triggers, is it safe to use my steroid inhaler?

I can't avoid some of my asthma triggers, is it safe to use my steroid inhaler?

Consider alternative: Few people prescribed steroid inhalers get by without them. When they try they have a poorer quality of life, use other asthma medications excessively & have asthma episodes requiring oral steroids to prevent death or hospitalization. Five days of oral Prednisone is the equivalent of 2-4 years of daily inhaled steroids. Inhaled steroids are safe & effective with minor side-effects. Don't be fooled. ...Read more

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When I use a steroid inhaler i always get very bad thrush it does not matter how well i rinse. Is there any to prevent this?

When I use a steroid inhaler i always get very bad  thrush it does not matter how well i rinse. Is there any to prevent this?

Generally, Yes: You need to let your physcian or dentist know about this. They can prescribe either a mouth rinse or pills that can help prevent or reduce the symptoms of thrush. Thrush is known as candidiasis and is caused by an organism that we all have in our intestinal tract to aid in digestion. Many medications can cause Candida Albicans to get out of balance and the medications help set things right. ...Read more

Bronchodilator (Definition)

A bronchodilator opens airways by loosening the smooth muscle surrounding the airways. There are short and long acting bronchodilators that work ...Read more


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Inhaler (Definition)

It is a type of medication delivery system used to inhale aerosolized medications. The most well know of this is ...Read more