Crohn's and Asthma inhalers?

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73monte
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   Posted 5/15/2008 3:02 AM (GMT -7)   
My daughter has developed a chronic constant cough, (2+ weeks), The Doctor would like to see if it can run it's course, but if it goes another week, would like to put her on steroid inhalers. Is there any problem with taking these, considering she has Crohn's? I can't seem to find any information indicating if this can cause any problems, Thanks for any assistance. 
My daughter was diagnosed Feb. 19/07, (13 yrs. old at time of diagnosis), with Crohn's of the Terminal Illium. Initially, 9 weeks of Prednisone, currently taking 2000mgs of Pentasa.


straydog
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   Posted 5/15/2008 3:29 AM (GMT -7)   
I use the steroid inhalers and have no problem. Susie


Shoshanna
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   Posted 5/15/2008 6:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Monte I have used them for years for asthma and never had a problem.  Asthma is a disease within the innumo group of diseases.

Shoshanna


gachrons
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   Posted 5/15/2008 6:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Monte Does your daughter have a pre existing lung condition? Pred. is also helpful for the lungs .I am hoping her cough will clear up .I was on a steroid inhaler years ago but had not had DX of CD at that time. I don't think they will put a person on pred. and a steriod inhaler at the same time but I am not sure of that info. Hopefully others will be of more help. Hope your daughter's CD is doing better with the Pentasa. lol gail

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   Posted 5/15/2008 9:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I am on prednisone and my steroid inhaler all the time - no one has ever asked about it or said that it might be a problem.

heck, the pharmacy at the hospital even filled the inhaler for me when I was in for IV steroids.

You shouldn't have any issues =)

Shoshanna
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   Posted 5/15/2008 9:59 PM (GMT -7)   
gachrons said...
Hi Monte Does your daughter have a pre existing lung condition? Pred. is also helpful for the lungs .I am hoping her cough will clear up .I was on a steroid inhaler years ago but had not had DX of CD at that time. I don't think they will put a person on pred. and a steriod inhaler at the same time but I am not sure of that info. Hopefully others will be of more help. Hope your daughter's CD is doing better with the Pentasa. lol gail
I have both CD and Asthma and I have been on both prednisone and Ventolin at the same time over and over again.  Most inhalers have cortisone in them.  From what I understand it is another form of prednisone. 
 
Shoshanna

73monte
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   Posted 5/16/2008 2:35 AM (GMT -7)   
THanks to all who responded. She started flovent twice a day yesterday, and has a blue faster acting one as well. I hope this works on the cough, as it's to the point that she's exhausted from the incessant coughing. I always though inhalers were jsut for breathing problems.  
My daughter was diagnosed Feb. 19/07, (13 yrs. old at time of diagnosis), with Crohn's of the Terminal Illium. Initially, 9 weeks of Prednisone, currently taking 2000mgs of Pentasa.


Shoshanna
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   Posted 5/16/2008 2:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes they are for breathing probles but they are also used for pneumonia and bronchitis. Like we use drugs that are used for differnt cancers, arthritis conditions for Crohn's. Medicine is wonderful and they are always learning something new on a daily basis.

Shoshanna


EMom
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   Posted 5/16/2008 5:47 AM (GMT -7)   
73monte, my son gets a chronic cough that comes and goes. It seems to be worse in the fall and spring. He's been to asthma specialists and they can't get him to react as a true asthmatic on their tests--so they haven't really been able to figure him out. He tried a steroid inhaler at one point and noticed *no difference whatsoever*. His doc also prescribed albuterol, which is an inhaled medication that relaxes muscles and muscle spasms to help open the airways. Albuterol helps a bit when this happens.

Because he is a competitive swimmer (and breathing is *really* crucial :-) ) we pushed for a nebulizer with albuterol. This has been the most successful approach thus far. When he was really experiencing coughing issues a few months ago, he did these nebulizer treatments 4 times a day. It seemed to keep the junk in his lungs from progressing into a bronchitis or pneumonia (which has happened on numerous occasions during his lifetime). Keep in mind, this is not a cure, but rather seems to help him expel mucous from his lungs so the situation doesn't progress. The doctor and I both believe this problem originates in the sinuses and literally trickles down to become a lung problem. Therefore, when he's doing the nebulizer treatments I often give him Benadryl or something similar (bedtime only) to help dry up the sinuses. I can't attest to whether that makes a hill of beans difference....eyes.......but it helps him sleep really well!!!

Personally, I think this is somehow related to the CD (as does Dr. John Hermon Taylor), but that's a whole other discussion!!!

Hope this helps a tiny bit! Good luck! I hope it stops really soon--I know what you're going through!
EMom
Mother to 16 year old boy diagnosed in June, 2007.
Currently taking Asacol, omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, iron, vit. C, calcium w/D3 and a good multivitamin.
Started The Maker's Diet in early September. Gradually learning/using more SCD recipes, too! (cooking challenged)


HabsHockeyFan
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   Posted 5/16/2008 7:08 AM (GMT -7)   
73Monte...my 2 cents. I had that constant cough too. Everyone kept saying nasal drip, habitual coighing but definitely not asthma. I used steroid inhaler for a short term to break the cycle of coughing after I had a very bad cold. GP said that my body just could not kick the last bit.
Funny thing was, I would get rid of the cough and it would show up again. I have finally kicked the cough to the curb on accident. I went to doc and he INSISTED I start iron supplements (along with a bunch of other vit&minerals). Once I started the iron and got my stores back up, the cough issue seemed to go away too. I also stopped having a hard time breathing after stair climbing.

I really think I was so low on iron that oxygen was not getting supplied to my body enough. Therefore, my lungs were struggling to supply the oxygen too.

Don't know if this helps, but I hope it can.
Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, B12 weekly, Pentasa [until I surrender to the bigger meds]
I'm riding on the escalator of life....

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