Which one (or both?) could cause my weight gain? I don't care what the doctor says, I've packed on about 10 lbs in the last month and my diet has not changed, and I'm exercising 5 times a week (like I always have). As a matter of fact, since I noticed I was gaining weight, I've cut some calories and added some more time to my work-outs - to no avail.
I have pretty much maintained the same weight for years. 4 to 6 weeks ago I was put on Nasonex and Advair, so I'm assuming at least one is a contributing factor. I was just wondering if anyone has any first hand experience with weight gain on one or both?
I am an "older" woman who was diagnosed with asthma about 8 years ago. I have kept it fairly well under control but I'm hardly ever totally comfortable -- always a bit phlegmy -- clearning -- some coughing. But I have never been diligent about medication always trying to cut it down to half. I was on Advair and Albuterol has needed. I took the Advair only once a dya -- one spray -- and it was obvisously not enough. I just changed doctors and the new one is not a great fan of Advair -- particularly the Serevent component. He feels it was responsible for my frequent "heart pounding". He now put me on QVar (with a five day supply of Prednisone to "clear me up") and the ususal Albuterol. I am allergic to Singulaire so asked for Clarinex for sometime use -- though I have no real diagnosable every day allergies. So this is where I'm at -- still trying to get great control and it's alluding me. Does anyone here take QVar and what is the consensus? Does it work well?? Any unusual side effects? I'd appreciate any feedback.
blondy - I'm not planning on quitting any meds w/o discussing it with my doc first. If there is a way to avoid the weight gain; however, I want to look into it.
DITAB - do you see a pulmonary specialist or just and internist? If you don't have a pulmonary doc yet, get one. They are much better (IMO) of getting everything under control. I think having the right doc is key.
Also, I'm curious, you have heart pounding on advair, but not albuterol? Albuterol always makes my heart race.
Ditab - I take 3 sprays of Qvar twice daily. I think it's an awesome medication overall. The particle size is very small so it goes deeper into the lungs. As for side effects, I've gotten mild headaches from it because it smells/tastes a little bad.
Thank you Swimfast and Celtic Mom for your feedback. Glad to hear that you find QVar "awesome". I've been on it for only two days so it's hard to know but certainly I'm encouraged. I was prescribed two sprays twice a day and in my usual fashion I take half -- but I will try to adjust the dosages to the way I feel. I read that many asthmatics are "overmedicated" and that it is good to get down to the lowest most effective dosage which is sort of a trial and error kind of thing. It's a struggle!
My 12 y.o. daughter has has first hand experience with weight gain on Advair. Although she hardly needed her albuterol inhaler, she gained 20 lbs in 6 months - and it started happening exactly when she started the drug. Like you, she was very active (swim team, gymnastics, etc) and did not overeat. It is very frustrating that both her pediatrician and her asthma/allergy specialist deny that her small dose of advair is to blame. For some reason, and I have talked to others that this has happened to, switching to Singulair did not help her with the weight problem. Seems the people who are hypersensitive to inhaled steroids are also sensitive to Singulair. I put her back on the Advair since it worked better.
Concerned about her weight, and because she's so active and barely eats, I took her to an endocrinologist to rule out any other problems. After a lot of bloodwork, he concluded that he could not rule out that it was a side effect of the Advair and/or Singulair. My endo. also thinks the Advair causes weight gain.
Have you ever been on Pulmicort or any other brand of corticosteroids. I was wondering if they would have the same side effects, although I have heard that Pulmicort is absorbed into the body more than Advair.
My husband and I have been looking for 3 years now on how to avoid our daughter's weight gain with asthma drugs. If you run into any info., please let us know. We know how you feel.
hrtprice - Hi, yes actually, I was on pulmocort for a little while before my doc switched me to advair. I didn't notice any weight gain on it, but I wasn't on it for more than a couple weeks. I think that the advair is the cause of my gain though. I found a site where nearly 3/4 of the people listed weight gain (primarily around the abdomen - like I have) as a side effect. I'm going to call my doc today to see if he will switch me to a non-steroidal controller. I'm not even sure if that exists.