Originally Posted by dea4
Thanks for the input.
I had scribbled down on a piece of paper the stuff that the nurse said when she called, I found that paper, not sure about the spelling of these but she said Zerbunex every 6 hours and Thermocort every 12 hours. Have you ever heard of either of those, and as I said I may not have the names quite right.
My friend that has 3 kids with it said one is doing better and the other two are doing worse.
Byt he way, my son had it also, but his lasted for about a week and never got to the point of gagging, just a loose cough.
I've never heard of either of those, but maybe you mean Xopenex and Pulmicort?
Pulmicort is an inhaled steroid that reduces inflammation in the bronchi. It's not dangerous, in fact, it's one of the safest inhaled steroids for children. Make sure she rinses her mouth out after each treatment with this medication - inhaled steroids are notorious for causing thrush. This med is meant to be taken regularly and does not work for acute attacks of asthma.
Xopenex is a bronchodilator, meaning that it opens up the bronchi during an acute attack of asthma (or coughing.) This is what to use if your daughter is coughing a lot (or every 4-6 hours, whichever the doctor said. It works relaxing the bronchial smooth muscle; the unrelaxed muscle in the bronchi is what provokes the coughing.
Basically, the doctor thinks it's asthma. Do the meds work alright?