Son started Pulmicort and albuterol 1x per day and got immediate results. Is this normal

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meandb
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   Posted 5/29/2009 7:57 AM (GMT -7)   
My son is 6.  He has coughed every day of his life.  Mainly in the morning.  We have tried singulair, allergy meds, cough meds, to no avail.  He saw an asthma specialist Wednesday morning and was diagnosed with possible cough variant asthma.  He was given a neb. treatment of pulmicort and albuterol.  He has had a pulmicort treatment each morning for three days now and has not cough AT ALL.  Is this normal?  Could he maybe have a habit cough and it is working as a placebo or do you think it could actually work that quickly.  I did not give him albuterol this morning to see what would happen and still no cough.  I am perplexed.  Advice? Opinions?

Aurora60
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   Posted 5/29/2009 6:08 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi, I can't be sure what the answer is but I can tell you as someone with bad asthma that when I was prescribed symbicort for my long term inhaler I cleared up that very 1st day. So I do think it is possible for the treatment to stop the cough right away.  I have albuterol for my rescue inhaler but don't use it very often. Albuterol is not good to use every day unless your dr. has prescribed it. And your son is so young.  Albuterol is used for a rescue inhaler when one has an asthma attack and cannot breathe.  It can be hard on the heart and that is why most lung specialists will prescribe a long term inhaler for daily use and the albuterol for a sudden attack.  Hope this has helped you some.

Aurora


dencha
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   Posted 5/30/2009 3:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Meandb,
I think there is no doubt that he could be helped that quickly. If the med he's on is just right, and the inflammation in his lungs is mild, it wouldn't take a lot to get him better. I'm glad to hear that he has responded so well. Sounds like Symbicort is a good drug. I know that Aurora has been helped greatly by it.

Aurora...
My asthma is doing much better. Although I'm still getting allergy symptoms (hoarseness, some mucous), my lungs are really doing great. Not perfect, but no wheeze, no cough, unless I'm raising the small amount of mucous my lungs are producing. It's a great feeling. Hope it lasts. Grass pollen is on its way soon!
Hope your asthma is doing well.
Denise

Aurora60
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   Posted 6/4/2009 12:23 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Denise,  I am so glad to hear you are feeling better.  I know with the season and all the pollen and mold that you will have some symptoms.  I am glad you can breathe well as that can be so uncomfortable, scary sometimes.  I still do cough up some mucous and I do have occasional hoarseness.  But the hoarsness usually occurs when I use my albuterol so I am trying to stay away from having to use it.  And I am taking zyrtec which really helps me.  My dr. gave me some singulair samples and I took some of it but all it did was give me a stomach ache.  I think it takes a while to build up but I imagine even with a copay it is more than zyrtec and if zyrtec works for me then that is what I will take.  Take good care of yourself.

Hugs,

Aurora


dencha
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   Posted 6/4/2009 6:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Aurora,
Thanks for the good wishes. My lungs are still doing really well...it is definitely expected to have some lung symptoms during this peak allergy season, but overall they're pretty normal. I'm really happy.

I take Xyzal, which is basically Zertec without the tired component. I take it in the morning. It definitely helps me more than Allergra did. Actually, I also take Singuair at night--prescribed by my asthma/allergy doc--it's supposed to help the asthma. I don't think it's strong enough for a stand-alone antihistimine.
Hope all is well, Aurora!
Take care,
Denise
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