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4/6/11 9:12 P

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That's great news and hope things continue to improve for him.

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4/6/11 7:45 P

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So far, so good. He was pretty tired the first few days, but then he adjusted. No more weight gain, and his peak flow numbers have stayed good. Overall I'm pretty pleased.

Thanks for your advice.

I'm looking for my inner athlete, but I'm afraid I may have eaten her. If I'm very quiet I can hear her screams of terror.



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3/25/11 5:38 P

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Good luck with the new med and maybe you will notice a change.

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3/25/11 5:30 P

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Spoke with the PA today - she said it's uncommon but she's definitely seen this kind of side effect before. She's calling in a prescription for something called QVar for me today so we'll try that and check back with her in a week.

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3/25/11 8:35 A

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As for the weight problems I can sympathize with you completely. I have a daughter who is 10 on a ADD med that is causing her to lose weight and I am having problems keeping what is left on her and my son is steadily gaining weight so I have both of my weight at least weekly it not more frequently so no your not a bad mom for that just a caring one. Hang in there and pray things look up soon.

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3/24/11 10:32 P

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I spoke with a nurse in the office today - she said that while it's worth investigating, and she agrees that it's kind of odd, she doubts that the FloVent is the cause. If he had been totally off of corticosteroids for a while and then started, she would link the two, but since he was never off of them (Pulmicort one night, then started FloVent the next morning) she doesn't think that there is a link. Just a weird coincidence. She is going to have the PA call me tomorrow though as the Dr. is out of town until next week. I'm glad to have my concern taken seriously, but as he is up another pound today I'm still pretty concerned. He does look less "puffy" today too. I hope we're just seeing the beginnings of another growth spurt.

Just so people don't think I'm some awful mother making my four year old weigh in every day, let me just say that he loves playing on the bathroom scale. I can't get him off of it. Seriously, time outs and tears have been involved in the battle of the scale. I have no idea why, maybe he just likes being that couple inches taller or something. I'm just taking advantage of his natural inclination.

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3/24/11 6:55 A

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I know from my personal experience it makes me want to eat like crazy. As for the weight gain not for sure why it would change that quickly. I know from my son he goes through the eating changes very rapidly now and he is 11 so it may slow down for you. Encourage him to walk with you and do other exercises with you and it might help him out as well and working on your weight goals as well. I do encourage my son to do my exercise dvd's with me even though we might not make it through the whole tape. Also with the spring and summer coming he can play outside more now so that will help out with him losing some as well as their aunt giving them a trampoline. Good luck and hope all goes well for both of you. It's harder on us moms when our kids are involved than it would be if it was just us.

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heck yes! they say that weight gain isnt a side effect but it most certainly is. i have been on symbacort, advair, and asthmacort, all of which i gained weight on (or have been unable to lose.) im still on advair, as it is the lesser of the evils.

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My son has illness induced asthma. Fortunately it doesn't seem to be triggered by environmental or exercise factors. At least not so far. We had a rough time of it last year, but then we found a specialist who put him on Pulmicort by nebulizer and the results have been amazing. We went back to the specialist a couple weeks ago, and he decided too switch my son to FloVent (spritzer thing instead of nebulizer) because it's easier to give, more convenient and apparently a less heavy duty medicine. He chose the lowest dose version and said that in a few months we may be able to lower the number of doses a day.

I can't tell you how happy I am with this good news. But... and there's always a but isn't there. My little guy has gotten chubby since we switched over. Seriously - not just me being hyper sensitive since I'm trying to lose weight. He's been eating everything in sight so I figured a growth spurt is coming. That still might be the case, but this morning he put on a pair of pants that fit him a week ago, and they were so tight he couldn't bend over. They are a size 5T and he's only 4. His other pants still fit, but are too short. He hasn't gotten taller in a week.

My question for all of you with more experience, could the FloVent be causing this? I know oral steroids can cause unusual hunger and weight gain, but I don't know about an inhaled medicine. I know I should call his doctor, and I will Thursday (they are closed today and tomorrow) but I'd really like to hear some firsthand experiences if anyone has them to share.

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