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8/20/08 12:34 P

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Hey Stacielicious,

Singulair worked (and is working) great for me. (See my earlier comment in this thread.) It also keeps my pet allergies from killing me where I'm currently living, something Zyrtec-D (back when it was still prescription-only) could only pull off for a day or two. By squashing both asthma and allergies, it makes it a ton easier to breathe. To the best of my knowledge, I haven't experienced any negative side effects, either.

It is unfortunate that there's no generic available, but depending on your insurance, it might not be horrible. I found out that with my insurance I pay the same for a single 30-day supply as I would for a 90-day supply. I told my doctor that, and the doofus wrote me a 30-day with 2 refills prescription - the insurance company called his office and made him convert it into a one-time 90-day supply with no refills, something his staff told me they "weren't supposed to do" (which was odd, as my last doctor wrote me a 90-day with 1 or 2 refills without blinking an eye)! See if something like that applies to you, too, and you might be able to save a lot.

Edited by: ALACKADAY at: 8/20/2008 (12:32)
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8/18/08 1:12 A

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hey there! I'm new, and I am having problems with getting to exercise because of my asthma, I was just diagnosed with it 7 years ago and had been on advair but now am using an inhaler once a month, I live in Arizona and had been prescribed singular, I am just wondering if this is the trick to help me breathe or get back on advair, I just wish it wasn't so expensive for meds!! But I guess it's the price you pay, I'm only getting bigger! and that's not good.

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8/15/08 12:06 P

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I have had asthma growing up. The attacks were always bad, but now that I weight more I feel like I can't do anything without an attack. I had recently lost 30lbs and then I felt great I had to use my inhaler way less. I gained it back, but I am starting to lose again. I never feel hungry after I use my pump. I try not to use it before or during exercise. I do when necessary. I feel like if I use it before or during working out I will just have to use again when I am finished. I hate advair!!!! I try to use it but its chalky in my month after I inhale it. I don't like it at all. I still use it because I have to.

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8/12/08 9:40 A

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I've had asthma since I was a child so my weight gain is not due to it.
My asthma can be a problem not only when I exercise but because of allergies as well.
I use Symbicort as a long acting inhaler and it works really well. When I get ready to exercise I use it and I don't have a problem with my breathing while I'm exercising. Sometimes I'll exercise for 30 minutes to an hour with no issues.
I also use Xopenex and I've had no issues with wanting to eat food.
I have been on Prednislone before and I did gain some weight with it but someone told me before I was put on it that it will make you gain weight so I was aware of that and didn't eat too much.

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8/12/08 7:57 A

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I chalk the excess weight I carried throughout grade school up to asthma. I have exercise-induced asthma, which provides a pretty strong incentive to not go run around and do anything physical; slowed down in gym class, avoided much play outside, read a lot of books, became slow and chunky. After I slowed down and stopped trying to exercise, it didn't affect me, so I wasn't diagnosed till fifth grade when I started to actually push myself a bit in gym.

I'm lucky, I suppose; part of the reason it took so long to be diagnosed was that I never really had an attack, so to speak, I would just have difficulty breathing that would persist for a good while. My tolerance for exercise improved along with my endurance as I did more of it, but the last time I tested it (some years ago), I ran without my inhaler till it started affecting me, then sat for 10 min without any marked improvement in breathing before I tired of that and used the inhaler. Regular breathing returned quite quickly thereafter. Inhalers are amazing.

I used Proventil as needed (aka prior to exercise and sometimes on really cold nights) after I was diagnosed till about six months ago, when I started using Singulair. I didn't really have much of a problem with either food cravings or jitteriness from Proventil, though I knew others who couldn't get to sleep after using it.

I'm now using Singulair, which I like as it lets me exercise whenever I feel like it without having to think ahead and use my inhaler in advance. Exercise seems like less of a chore. Also, since it combats allergies, it keeps me from dying of pet allergies right now. Stopping my asthma and my allergies from bothering me has made me feel almost like a regular human being.

My current weight is due more to laziness and a lack of focus on health than asthma, but Singulair's making it easier to exercise has made it a bit easier to get back on track.

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1 Mar 2011: 206 lbs
1 Apr 2011: 198 lbs
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8/7/08 10:21 P

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I have mild exercise induced asthma and use advair prior to exercise only. Never had to use my rescue inhaler. Took the winter off completely from exercising and actually lost 4-5 lbs. Spring came, started running again 2 days a week and I noticed a 5 lb slow gain over a period of 4 months. SO, I kicked up the exercise to 4-5 days a week (thus kicking up the inhaler use) and gained 5 more over 2 months time - AND my face has broken out with acne which I have not had since I was a teenager. My doc doesn't think the weight gain/acne is related to the inhaler, but I think it could be. His solution was to put me on a different, higher dose inhaler in the same drug family. Go figure. Would love to hear if anyone has exercise induced asthma and has found an inhaler that works for them which has not had associated weight issues. Thanks!

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8/7/08 8:18 P

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Hey,

I've had asthma all my life and have always been bigger then everyone else. I've been on steroid inhalers for as long as I can remember. At the moment i'm taking Qvar and Serevent as long acting inhalers and ventolin as a rescue, as well as singulair and prednisone. Prednisone is the worst one for me! I've been on it almost constantly for the past 3 years (every time I try and come off it my asthma gets worse and I get put back on it) The problem with this drug is that I ALWAYS gain weight with it. I hate it! It makes trying to lose weight that little bit harder! It's a horrible cycle... the weight doesn't help the asthma so you get put on prednisone to calm down the lungs, but then you gain more weight from the prednisone... it's just bad all around, don'tcha think?

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8/2/08 1:17 P

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I stopped exersizing about a year ago due to my asthma.. I have recently and finally been put on a maintance inhaler and then I have my rescue inhaler(albueteral).. since being put on the maintance inhaler it has increased my ability and freedom to workout again and not worry about having an attack.. Take care everyone..

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I had gained 100lbs from asthma induced inability to do anything besides sit there, and even that was a chore, and prednisone they put me on to try to help. The trigger for this was mold (in my apartment) and a lung infection that started a chain reaction. It got so bad I coughed up blood from the frequent attacks and coughing uncontrollably. I ended up seeing a pulmonary specialist after the doctors said there is nothing more we can do, you need to see a specialist. he put me on quite a few medicines to get it under control, and told me I have to lose weight and exercise to strengthen my lungs. Now they are mostly under control and I am doing lung strengthening stuff which is helping.

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If I use a lot of my reliever (bricanyl), I get a shaking hand. As a teenager, I was on a lot for a period of time and sometimes I could feel my heart racing (a very unpleasant feeling).

If you are on steriods (like prednisone), then it could be the medicine that caused the weight gain. You also mentioned in your post that you are shunning physical activity and spending more time indoors. That is likely to cause weight gain.

Personally, my asthma gets worse when I avoid exercise. Talk to your doctor about what steps you can take so you can exercise and minimise the likelyhood of having an attack while doing so. For me, I struggle to run on cold dry nights so I always take my reliever before I start and try to remember to breathe through my nose while I exercise. I always have my reliever with me and my team knows that if I have to stop then I have to stop (no hard feelings).

Attacks can be scary, but you need to find a way to stay fit.

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6/8/08 11:15 P

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i also do not like to use my albuterol fast acting inhaler unless i absolutely need it, i get jittery from it and usually get hyper unless i have had an asthma attack and then i get a headache and want to sleep. i took it today, but it was to prevent an asthma attack. the only time i wanted to eat and i did gain weight, was when i was put on prednisone and that was horrible. i will only take prednisone in an extreme emergency, my allergist has to use every other drug first.
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That's interesting; I too have an inhaler--albuterol--I've never felt an increased appetite after usage, but I normally use mine at night anyway.

Thanks for the info! :)

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6/8/08 10:02 P

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I hate using them.

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6/8/08 9:47 P

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When I took straight albuterol I had that but since putting me on the Xopenex it has really helped that but I do have cravings. I can't figure it out either. Who knows. Like I say I think I am crazy.

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I haven't had to use mine for a while but I didn't crave anything the inhaler makes me sick to my stomach, I get the shakes and feel funny so I don't use it unless I absolutely have to!

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6/8/08 9:35 P

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Hey Cathy, do you get craving for food when you use your relief inhaler? I had to use mine today and I feel like all I want to do is eat afterwards. I think I must be crazy.

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I had asthma as a child and then thoughout my life I have had attacks but not like the ones I had as a child, so I didn't gain my weight from it.

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If you take alot of prednisone that will make you gain quite a bit. I know it makes me eat like a mad woman. Also when I take the fast acting inhaler I crave more food too. Hang in there and we will help you get through.

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6/8/08 8:33 P

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Hey everybody,

I didn't start gaining this all of this weight I'm struggling to lose until I was diagnosed with asthma a few years ago. I've put on at least 30+ pounds; since breathing has become more difficult, I shunned physical activity and resorted to spending as much time as possible indoors for fear of another attack. Has anyone else relatively recently developed asthma and gained weight as a result?

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