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6/9/09 12:51 A

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Does anyone else have trouble with their voice while using symbicort? Ever since my asthma attack 6 weeks ago I have voice strain. The doc cut my symbicort back to 1 puff twice a day to see if that helps. Sure hope so.

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ROBLAINE1 Posts: 2,603
5/7/09 7:59 A

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I have used Advair for about 5 years now and it works fine. I have always used Albuterol for rescue, and now they have changed to Proair...I do not think it works as well. I have had asthma for 46 years now and have taken many, many kinds of meds. I took one for over 6 years, when I was a teenager, and then read that it should not be taken for more than a year....I have very bad bladder problems from it. It weakens the bladder when used too long..wish I had known then.


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4/29/09 11:10 A

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When I was first diagnosed with asthma in 2006 I was on Advair. I had just bought the 250/50 when the doc up it to 500. I asked if I could just double the dose. He said okay but if I had any chest pain to call him. I did and ended up in the hospital with chest pain. They think the extra beta stuff caused it. When I took that stuff I had lots of chest pain. Just this week I started on Symbicort. It makes me a little shaky. Does that happen to anyone else or will that go away?

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TLINDO1's Photo TLINDO1 Posts: 8
4/22/09 9:46 A

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I've been using Adair(250) for several months now and it has been working well. I find that I'm using my proair rarely now, before I was using my rescue inhaler everyday. Now I'm about 1-2x a week.

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MERCEDES974's Photo MERCEDES974 Posts: 116
4/3/09 5:16 P

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Hi Everyone
My doctor just started me on Spiriva inhaler. Is anyone on this inhaler and is it any good? emoticon

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3/30/09 6:30 A

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Go on thier website and see if they can help you. Sometimes companys will help provide thier own meds to those who don't have insurance or low income. Probably alot of paperwork, but will work out in the end.

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3/29/09 5:56 P

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I take serevent and singular, I have been using it for couple of years with no problems, but now I have lost my insurance, and don't know how I am going to get my meds. They total almost $600/mo. I don't qualify for assistance. I make too much. Any suggestions.

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3/29/09 8:49 A

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Hi have tried Advair, but it doesn't work for me. It did, but I always got a severe respitory infection. Right now I am on Asthmanex and that work fine for me. It is about the only thing that help. I think I have tried all the other out there.

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3/24/09 12:48 P

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I used advair for about a year and I had problems with my vocal cords. I was horse all the time. My Dr switched me to seravent, I then was told not to use the seravent unless I also took singular. So who knows. My asthma is under control so I guess what I'm doing is working. I use albuteral but not every day. When I started using singular, my need for albuteral whet from 3 canisters a month to less than one.

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1/15/09 10:28 P

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I heard that it is from people overusing it.

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1/13/09 10:53 P

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My understanding of the problem with Symbicort is that it may cause muscles to over-relax, thereby resulting in death. I still take the stuff, but even before this FDA situation I have been afraid to take more than a single prescribed dose.

I found that it pays to be assertive, and to occasionally have the doctor go back through the five medications that I'm taking, and to explain what each one does. That might go a long way towards preventing a situation like the one described by RTGEN1961 where you're basically overdosing on something that's not even meant to solve your particular issue.

Plus, the fact that you keep having asthma attacks is a strong indication that your doctor needs to change the type or strength of the medication that you're taking.

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RTGEN1961's Photo RTGEN1961 Posts: 12
1/4/09 7:56 P

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As a Respiratory Therapist with asthma I am always upset when they report about inhalers and don't explain the whole problem. Most of the deaths coming from Serevent are because asthmatics tried to use them like they would use Albuterol or Combivent which work quickly and Serevent is meant to work like a Contact time released cold capsule. I witnessed this once with our department secretary. She was having a full blown asthma attack puffing her Serevent inhaler multiple times and we were telling her the whole time to go to ER that it wouldn't help her fast enough. Finally she listened. I can't help but think this has happened multiple times before. The Serevent MDI itself was pulled from the market because it contained CFC propellant which was banned from ALL inhalers by the FDA. The new propellant is HFA and since Serevent is more widely used with Advair it didn't made sense for the company to spend the money paying for the HFA technology. There are actually very few side effects for inhalers and the benefits far outweigh the risks. The most common is cataracts. Hope this helps.

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12/30/08 11:10 P

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I know how worried I was when they showed Advair on the news before running the story. I was Googling madly to find out if the FDA had banned Advair. Luckily, it was just the plain salmeterol inhalers that were affected. Apparently, too many users were taking the Serevent and skipping the steroid inhaler. Advair and the other combo drugs prevent that kind of use, so they'll be allowed to continue on the market.

The deaths from Salmeterol have been documented for awhile. It's something like 14 people out of a couple million, but that doesn't make their grieving families feel any better. I've decided that the improvement in my lung function is worth the potential risk. If I had mild asthma, I wouldn't gamble with these drugs.

 
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12/13/08 10:44 A

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Kind of funny but the DR on the news station in Denver was my asthma allergy specialist at National Jewish.... He said that Advair (which I take) is safe. It is the ones that do not have an anti-inflamatory component that are the problem.

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LILMSMAYBERRY's Photo LILMSMAYBERRY Posts: 15
12/11/08 7:22 A

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Hey, everyone. Did you see on the news that some of the long acting inhalers may be causing asthma to get worse? This includes Advair and Symbicort and a couple of others. There is a debate going on I guess because it helps most people but makes other people worse. There are some that want to take these meds off the market. Others are saying that would be a step backwards. Do any of you have more information on this?

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