Hi Denise, Thanks for your answer. I have both albuterol and xopenex inhalers. I know that the xopenex works well in a nebulizer as I have had those treatments. I just don't know how it compares in the inhaler form. The few times I used my xopenex inhaler it worked for a few hours and then I couldn't breathe again. But that was before the symbicort.I'm almost afraid to try the xopenex again and just use the albuterol until it is time to use my symbicort tonight.I do know from weather reports here in the midwest that allergies are supposed to be really bad this year. I guess I will just have to wait for my drs appt. and find out if I need additional meds or a change. I hope he will keep the symbicort as it really works and there are no side effects at all. It is just in between times that I seem to have a problem. I will be fine in the morning and then come 1 or 2 PM and I am having some wheezing. Then I use my albuterol. But I ususally have to use if again after 4 hrs until my evening dose of symbicort. Well, I think the pulmonologist will be able to straighten this out. Wish I didn't have to wait a week though. Will keep you posted on what happens. Anyone else with an opinion about albuterol vs. xopenex please do respond.
Hi Smurfy, thanks for your advice. I am going to ask my pulmonologist if a nebulizer is something I should have. I did call his office and the nurse spoke to him about me and they think that a lot of my problem is this terrible allergy season we are having. I wasn't having any problems until the trees started coming out and the flowering trees and some flowers. I have a maple in my back yard that sheds these stem type things, don't know what to call them. Also, there are those trees here that shed that white cottony stuff and that is a killer for me. The dr. told me to be sure and take my zyrtec and that even if I am breathing OK he wants me to use my albuterol 3-4 times a day along with my symbicort. If that doesn't help I am afraid I am in for a short dose (week probably) of prednisone. I hate that stuff! It really works but it makes me climb the walls, can't sleep and get so hungry I could eat the wallpaper. But I did use my albuterol today and I am breathing much better. Also, am keeping all the windows closed. I also have an air purifier for my bedroom so I have started to use that again and I really think it makes a difference. I see the dr. next week and I think I am going to be OK now that I am pretty sure it is just bad allergy season. Its a good thing I have central air. It's amazing how hearing what the dr. had to say made me feel and breathe better. Some mind control, I guess. Thanks again for being here for me.
Thanks Chartreux for your reply. I am going to see if I can get a nebulizer. However, I wonder if drs.have reservations about prescribing this type of medical device. My dr. may say that my asthma is not bad enough to warrant my having one. We will see what he says. If it keeps you breathing freer than I would think it would be a good thing to have. I imagine they are expensive though, even for the portable ones for home use. I am feeling better today. Have been taking my zyrtec, using my symbicort twice a day and also using my albuterol 3 -4 times a day as the dr said I should and it seems to be working. Also I am keeping all my windows closed. I have an air purifier in my bedroom and I think that really helps. Let me know if the nebulizers are expensive and the best place to get one. Thanks again.
Thanks Denise for the info. I imagine my insurance may not cover much as I have such a high deductible. Allergy season is much wosre this year. Inhalers used to have a propellant called CFC and the government banned it saying that is is bad for the ozone layer. Now we have HFA for inhalers and it really doesn't work well. The fact is and most drs and medical groups agree that there was so little CFC in asthma inhalers that if everyone who had asthma used one it would make no difference in the ozone layer. Just another thing for the government to mess with instead of doing what is really needed to research other medical problems or to research the problems of asthma patients. With the CFC I never had any problems with my asthma clearing up and having to use my albuterol so much. By the way, I am only using the albuterol 3-4 times a day until I see my dr. I do take symbicort every day as my long term inhaler. He just wants me to get through the week until I see him. I may get a round of prednisone, Ugh! Where I live today the tree and mold count are at the highest level, so I have been home all day.