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10/28/08 11:03 P

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True about developing symptoms later in life; true about seasonal asthma, but as far as any weight gain associated with the INHALERS, I have never heard of that. Now, there have been times when my asthma got really bad and I had to take Prednisone for an extended perios of time and that was a different story (on a short term basis, they are not that bad). I do know that they are hard on your throat, particularly if you take them on a daily basis, so be sure that you rinse your mouth daily with an antiseptic like Listerine (Yeah, yuck, I know). I was also told once by my dentist that the albuterol (Proventil, Ventolin) is hard on your teeth if you have taken it on a long-term basis. All the more reason to be sure that you rinse your mouth.

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10/27/08 12:34 P

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Good questions. I was diagnosed with asthma as a child but you can be diagnosed with it at any stage in life.

I have allergic and exercise induced asthma and take Flovent and Ventolin. I get prescribed prednisone occasionally when flare-ups are bad. I haven't seen any change in weight with any of my inhalers - I think diet and exercise keep it in check.

Yes, there is such a thing as seasonal asthma. It's generally because of the allergen in the air - I'm worse in the fall because of the leaf mould and ragweed. Now that the first frosts have arrived and killed off a lot of the ragweed it's a lot better but I have to be very careful when I race (especially off-road) between Sept and the first frost.

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10/21/08 2:00 P

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I was diagnosed last year with asthma. No family history. I have exercise induced asthma. I'm on Advair and Ventolin. No prednisone. I haven't had any weight gain from either inhaler. I do experience laryngitis from the Ventolin. Odd. Anyone else have that?

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10/20/08 10:47 P

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I became asthmatic at the ripe age of 8; we moved from Santa Barbara to San Diego and something in the move/change of climate triggered it.

Inhalers have never made me gain weight, but the prednisone can. I take Advair and find that I rarely (like less then once a month) have to use a rescue inhaler.

I have exercise and allergy induced asthma. My advice to you...learn all that you can, it can mean the difference between your asthma controlling your life or you controlling your asthma.

Having asthma isn't nearly as devastating as it used to. I can do any exercise I want, as long as my asthma is under control. Just take extra care when you get sick.

Good luck!
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10/20/08 3:02 P

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VIPRINCESS...I was 51 years old when the Dr. told me I have asthma, now I am 59,but have other problems
to go with it. I have COPD. Just keep using your meds and pay attention to the Dr.

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10/20/08 9:30 A

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Thank you for the helpful info

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10/20/08 8:44 A

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Absolutely, you can get it later in life.

Long term Prednisone use leads to fluid gain. For me, Prednisone is used short term, while waiting for long term drugs to kick in (some of the preventers take a while to start working). Whenever I've used Prednisone, the relief of being able to breathe easily has outweighed any possible weight gain worries.

Asthma medications can basically be divided into 2 categories relievers (you take them during an attack) and preventers (you take them regularly). Often the first treatment is with regular use of a reliever. As far as I know, weight gain is not a side effect of reliever puffers (like MSTIGGERFAN I have had a racing heart from one and if I take too much, I get shaky hands).

My asthma is pretty much under control. I still carry a reliever puffer with me. If I have an attack, I take the reliever. If I start to have regular attacks (usually induced by a cold, allergy or the weather) I take my reliever 4 hourly. If it's still no good, I take myself to the doctor and usually get a script for a preventer (or sometimes prednisone depending on the doctor's opinion).

As for seasonal asthma, mine tends to occur in winter. We have dry winters here and I struggle with that. Flowers in spring can set my off too.

Sorry for the long post.

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10/20/08 7:46 A

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I was diagnosised as an adult. I was age 32 when I was told I had asthma. As for gaining weight using that comes more with taking prednisone pills that you have to use to reduce the inflamation in lungs when getting sick. I know there are steroids in the inhalers but have always been told not enough for gaining weight. I know that when I take mine it makes the heart race some and feel alot of water retention sometimes too. Others can feed you more information on that too. As for seasonal asthma I have times when the asthma is worse than others. I think that comes with more allergy induced asthma which is what I have than the exercised induced asthma which my daughter has. Spring and Fall are my worst times with my asthma and some in the summer. I hope that this helps you with some answers and let us know if we can help any more.

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10/20/08 7:37 A

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I was just informed that I have asthma so I have some questions :

1.Is it true that u can get it later in life? (adult)

2. Is it true that using the inhaler makes you gain weight?

3. Is there such thing as just a seasonal asthma?

Thnx!

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