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Thursday, February 2, 2012

What if you hate your asthma medicine?

What if you hate your asthma medicine? Some people don't like the powder taste or feeling that comes from using an Advair disc. That's why talking to your doctor is important. He can always change your medications so that you feel more comfortable using what you have.

What's the point of prescribing a medication for asthma if you won't use it? Make sure you are honest with your doctor and let him know if you are taking your medication as prescribed. Are you forgetting doses? Do you not like the taste or feeling, and so you start back on your controller medication only when you are starting to get sick? (Not a good idea by the way, that can easily lead to an ER visit or hospitalization if you aren't keeping the swelling in your lungs under control. The last thing you need is irritation and swelling in your lungs from asthma, and then to get a cold on top of that. Hello hospital staff!)

Your doctor is there to help you, he wants your asthma to be under control. So be honest and let him know. For those of you that don't like the Advair disc, there's a simple fix for that-it comes in an inhaler too. Son #2 has been using it for years, Asthma Doc switched him to the inhaler to see if the smaller particle would get down further into Son #2's lungs and work better for him. A simple switch, and it seemed to work.

There are new medications on the market all the time, I noticed tv ads for Dulera. I haven't done a lot of research on it yet, if anyone is using it, let me know what you think.

Just keep in mind that medications are always changing, and there isn't a one-size-fits-all when it comes to asthma. We all have different triggers (or causes) of asthma attacks, and there are different treatment plans depending on how severe your asthma is too.

So, make friends with your doctor and be honest and tell him if you don't like your medicine (which means you won't use it.) He's there to help and can try something else.

Happy breathing!

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