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    Old 01-17-2015, 09:12 AM   #1
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    Hello, Healthboards community, I'd like your input on something that's become a bit of a concern to me as of recently. I have an on-and-off, usually minute case of asthma and have been taking Advair (usually 100/50, though occasionally 250/50 during allergy season) for the past 3 - 3 and a half years to ward off any potential attacks as per request by doctors / asthma specialists. I've had several, usually seasonal bouts with it (wheezing, coughing fits, constricted breath, etc.) though, feel fine throughout the majority of the year (the only other instances in which it's brought about are when exercising too intensively, while showering in an extremely enclosed space, when it's brought about by an accompanying sickness and on the improbable chance I'm exposed to enough of the usually elusive substances I have allergies toward to prompt an attack).

    What I'd like to ask is whether or not Advair is really the appropriate drug for me or if I should consider an alternative. I'd also like to know if the risk of experiencing all of the adverse side effects often associated with withdrawal is too great for me to completely abstain from it at this point.

    Any response would be appreciated, thank you in advance

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    Old 01-17-2015, 11:19 AM   #2
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    Well, there should be no side effects if you stop except more asthma attacks and symptoms. There is no withdrawal effect from it otherwise.

    You could ask you doctor about changing to a single med like Flovent or even lowering your daily dosage. I started on 4 puffs of Flvoent a day and am down to 1. It also sounds like you don't have an asthma action plan. There is a sticky at the top of the page with a sample. Perhaps you should chat with your pulmo about that as well as possibly changing your med.

    And one other thing, do you use your albuterol prior to cardio or other strenuous exercise? That will cut down on the exercise associated problems.

     
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    I've heard from a few sources that inflammation of the airways is a common withdrawal symptom, though, that might only apply to specific cases.

    I'll definitely inquire with my doctor about the possibility changing to Flovent or a lower dosage, as well as establishing an asthma action plan. As for the cardio question, no, I haven't been doing so, though will ensure to from this point forth.

    Thanks for the information, Titchou! I appreciate it.

     
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    I've heard from a few sources that inflammation of the airways is a common withdrawal symptom, though, that might only apply to specific cases.

    I'll definitely inquire with my doctor about the possibility changing to Flovent or a lower dosage, as well as establishing an asthma action plan. As for the cardio question, no, I haven't been doing so, though will ensure to from this point forth.

    Thanks for the information, Titchou! I appreciate it.

     
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    Re: Advice on Advair

    Any time. And the pre medication for cardio is 2 puffs of albuterol, 60 seconds apart, 15-20 minutes before cardio. I'm a jogger and that's what I have to do in order to run.

     
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