Joy, I use symbicort for my long acting maintenance inhaler. it is not a steroid inhaler. Ask your dr. about it. It may be what helps you. It works great for me. I have been on it for about 10 mos. I am on steroids now for a short time as my asthma got very bad this week. Went to the lung specialist today and he also gave me pulmicort but that is a steroid inhaler and I will only use it short term, 1-2 weeks and hopefully be off the prednisone by end of this week. I am climbing the walls and can't sleep. Good luck on getting the right med for you.
Red, I called the symbicort hotline and while it does contain budesonine it is not the same type of steroid that you are thinking of. It is a corticosteroid which is a different formula than a typical steroid and doesn't have the same effects that most steroids have. Symbicort is one of the safest long term inhalers. My pulmonologist is an asthma specialist at the largest teaching hospital community in the Chicagoland area. If he is telling me this is safe without the same effects as other steroids then I have to trust him. Most steroids lower your immune system but the symbicort does not affect me. In fact this past winter is one in which I did not have a single cold or respiratory infection because I had no asthma flairups. I am just curious if you have bad asthma and have seen a pulmonologist. I don't mean to challenge you so but I would like to know where you have your information from. I think it would be helpful to all of us who have very serious asthma to know the most helpful information. I have had asthma all my life and I am 63 so I think I know about my condition. I think the best advice to give anyone is that they contact their own personal dr. to have the treatment that is best for them.
Post Edited (Aurora60) : 7/23/2009 12:45:11 PM (GMT-6)