Hi, Hmmm... you have quite the predicament. I don't know how Obamacare will affect you. Doctor's used to give cash patients a discount. Also, some pharmacies have $4 or $5 prescriptions. You should check their listings to see what asthma meds are on them. Also, you should talk to your pharmacist about OCT options. I believe there may be a few choices. There are some, but I doubt they are as affective as a form of albuterol.
Hi, Asthma triggers are individual. If you try a humidifier use a ultrasonic one. Be sure to keep it clean as they can grow mold.
I don't know where you live, but for me cold, night air is a major night trigger. You may try keeping his room a little warmer. Personally I cannot go under 60* at night and do better if it stays at 70*.
Lastly, you may want to get a small room air filter, especially if you have pets.
Yes, you should discuss this with your doctor. However, look at the ingredient in over the counter sleep aids. Unisom and most others all contain Benadryl and only Benadryl.
The bigger issue is that your asthma is not very well controlled. Did you know that symptoms of uncontrolled asthma include restlessness and trouble sleeping? You really need to work on getting your asthma well controlled.
WebMD communities are a great place to come for support in our daily struggles to live life with asthma. I have not been a regular for a few years, but the support from this site has kept me going at times. While WebMD Communities are meant to support emotionally and be informative, maybe we can extend that support to support each other in a different way.
I know many of you are like me... you take a lot of medication and they are expensive!!
Many of us get assistance from different charities and foundations. These charities also need support, but how can we afford to donate back to them as much as we would like to? I know I cannot even began to give back even a small portion of what they give me.. Without their assistance, I literally could not afford to breathe.
I receive a grant from a foundation to help with the outrageous co-pays on one of my medications. If I only take one dose of this medication for two days my asthma starts flaring. My grant is up for renewal, but the amount has been significantly reduced. What is sadder to me is that the foundation is not funding more asthma patients because they do not have the funds.
I have recently learned that my shopping habits can help give back to my foundation. I would like to request all of you who shop Amazon.com to switch to www.smile.amazon.com When shopping this site, a portion of your qualifying purchase is donated to the charity of your choice. Charities and foundations that I know support asthma patients who receive funds from smile.amazon include: HealthWell Foundation NeedyMeds Patient Access Foundation
The nice thing about Amazon Smile is that it makes donating painless. You would be spending the same amount of money (if not less), only now you have the added benefit of supporting each other with medication costs as well. I am not asking you to do anything you don't already do, but that you do it in a slightly different way.
Thanks for you time reading this. I do apologize if this offends anyone. My desire is that we get more assistance for people struggling to breathe and make ends meet. I appreciate your consideration of my request and any assistance you can give to these worthy charities.
How many injections do you get? That seems way too high. I have been on Xolair since 2009, I only get 2 injections and my retail cost is a lot less than that.
Have your doctor and your pharmacy check for assistance for you. There are several foundations that offer grants to help with co-pays. Check out www.needymeds.org They might be able to help you find some help as well. Genetec has assistance programs as well.
There are several things you need to consider when deciding what medications to take, and side effects are an important consideration.
One thing to realize about that long list of side effects on medications is that if one person had that symptom while taking the medication, whether it was related to the medication of not, it must be listed as a "side effect". I always laugh when I hear the list of side effects for a certain nasal spray which includes sinus infections. I have fewer sinus infections taking the medication than I did before I started taking it. The point is, sometimes the side effects listed are the health conditions the medication was designed to treat. How is that a side effect?!
Also, that list does not take into consideration family history of that "side effect" of other personal history which directly caused the "side effect." For example, was the person a smoker who got lung cancer, or were they exposed to asbestos? I would doubt that medication caused their lung cancer.
Be sure to fully educate yourself regarding medications you consider. Long Acting Beta-2 Agonists (bronchodilators) get a bad wrap for asthmatics. When used in conjunction with inhaled steroids, there are no increased risks in taking them. Inhaled steroids also get a bad wrap. Debunking that issue involves a lengthy math lesson. I will say, I you chose to take an inhaled steroid like Pulmacort, BE SURE to ALWAYS use a spacer and make sure you are well trained in how to take it.
That being said, some side effects can be eliminated by proper use of the medication.
Another extremely important issue to consider is what you are realizing for yourself... The "side effect" of not taking the medication may be worse than the side effects listed (which you may or may not have).
Poorly controlled asthma has some very severe "side effects". Too frequent use of a rescue inhaler/nebulizer can result in its losing its effectiveness. Then where you be? Also, permanent damage to vital organs is possible with long term uncontrolled asthma. Web MD has some good articles on what can happen if asthma is left uncontrolled, and as always, talk to your doctor about what can happen if you don't get control of your asthma. Many people make decisions by weighing the pros and cons. You know the cons of taking certain medications. What you need to figure out now is what are the cons of not taking them, ie. continuing with uncontrolled asthma.
Whomever you chose as a doctor, they must respect your desire to take as few medications as possible to gain and maintain control of your asthma. They should be able to guide you to effective ways to minimize the effects of triggers, frequently with as few medications as possible, sometimes with no medications. Changing the time of day you engage in out door activities and showering immediately when you come in can greatly reduce attacks. There are a lot of "life style" changes that can increase your control. A well qualified doctor can help you find a good balance. You may need to use a medication to gain control while you implement life style changes, but after you are well controlled you and your doctor can discuss which medication(s) you can stop using.
You should consider allergy shots. Personally, I cannot think of anything more natural than allergy shots. By exposing you, in controlled doses, to allergens, your body is trained to not react to that allergen anymore.
I hope I did not ramble too much and I hope my rambling helped you.
I did once. I had the paraflu (flu symptoms but it isn't a flu). My fingers went numb and tingly. When I could get to the doctor, the PA that examined me said she could not hear any breath sounds. Thankfully I live in an area where allergies and asthma rates are very high so all medical providers know that is very dangerous. Most care providers think that means the lungs are clear, but the opposite is actually true.
You should discus this with your doctor. It sounds like you should be using your inhaler at the maximum dosage around the clock for a few days to get your asthma under control. You may need some steroids as well.
These are two issues that come up frequently on the board. 1) All too frequently care providers think no lung sounds means that they are clear. In fact it can mean that not enough air is being moved to create sounds.
2) O2 sat usually does not drop until the situation is extreme. It is much better to treat early than to wait for O2 sat to drop.
I hope you and your co-workers learned a good lesson that will benefit asthmatics you may treat in the future.
I tried Symbicort for a while. After a couple days I had that happen to me as well. After a few more days that stopped. The jittery feeling should go a way after a day or two. Tell you doctor if it does not. SonyaView Thread