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.
VIPRINCESS: 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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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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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.
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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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