Has anyone heard about a nonsteroid maintenance medication?

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couchtater
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   Posted 7/22/2009 3:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I have hypothyroidism and was wondering if anyone have heard of a nonsteroid maintenance medicine for asthma? Steroids affect my thyroid. shakehead
 
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   Posted 7/22/2009 4:21 PM (GMT -7)   

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.

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   Posted 7/23/2009 5:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Aurora, anything that has the name "cort" in it contains a steroid. Symbicort contains Budesonide which is a form of steroid.

http://www.drugs.com/symbicort.html

If I am not mistaken, Albuterol does not contain a steroid and can be used as a maintenance asthma medication.

http://www.drugs.com/albuterol.html
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   Posted 7/23/2009 7:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I have Asthma which has gone into COPD.I use Perforomist & Albuteral(seperate) in my nebuliser.I also take Thephillyn 600 mg a day.It works for me.Am on 02 most of the time but all nite......Nites is my worst time........
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   Posted 7/23/2009 9:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Red, I believe you are mistaken about the symbicort even though it has "cort" in the name.  I just saw my pulmonologist yesterday and he gave me a steroid inhaler as well as prednisone. He would not have me on that many steroids and wants me to use the pulmicort for as short a term as needed. Symbicort has formoterol which is a long acting  beta-agonist.  Albuterol is a rescue inhaler and should be used for sudden asthma attacks and should be used while you need to get your breathing cleared up but it is not an inhaler to be used on a daily basis.  Albuterol can affect your heart and blood pressure and that is why it is rescue and not long term. My dr. told me it was not safe to use albuterol as an every day inhaler.  And as most people who take it know it gives you the jitters which means that is is speeding up your heart rate. I think the best thing for Joy to do is check with her dr. on what is the best treatment for her.

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   Posted 7/23/2009 9:52 AM (GMT -7)   
No Aurora I am not mistaken:

Symbicort conatins a comination of budesonide and formoterol. Budesonide is a steroid that reduces inflammation in the body. Formoterol is a long-acting bronchodilator that relaxes muscles in the airways to improve breathing.
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   Posted 7/23/2009 11:27 AM (GMT -7)   

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.

Aurora

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   Posted 7/23/2009 1:28 PM (GMT -7)   
No I do not have asthma, my son does. He has been asthmatic for 16 years. Where I get my information is from his pulmonologist as well as extensive research. I know that cortesteroids are not the same as "normal" steroids but I have had years of experience with cortesteroids due to my other health conditions. I am glad that you have no adverse reactions to cortesteroids but some of us are not so lucky. I am extremely steroid sensitive(regular or cort) and even cortesteroids still give me all the same side effects as lets say prednisone. I get the jitters, insomnia, rashes, muscle cramps, appetite increase etc. And this is from merely cortesteroid injections as well as other cort meds. Cortesteroids ARE different then prednisone (oral or inhaled) and it IS considered the safer among the two however, it IS still a steroid and it has to be treated as such. To say that Symbicort is a safe alternative may work for you but it may not work for someone that can not have ANY steroid. That is what the OP was wondering about.
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   Posted 7/23/2009 1:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Red, I will differ to your response as you have knowledge about asthma. I just ask that you understand that I have knowledge too. I was only giving Joy a suggestion to run by her dr. I would never tell somone that they should use a med just because it works for me.  I still think it is beneficial to tell others of their experience but what the whole thing boils down to is one must ask and follow the advice given to them by their own dr. for their particular health needs and treatment. And when I went to my pulmonologist yesterday I had been taking my albuterol for 5 days to ease my breathing and my blood pressure was 185 over 92, getting dangerously high. And I undertand that you have conditions that make you sensitive so I apologize for any things said that would offend you. I just thought the purpose of responding to someone is to try to help but not try to tell anyone what to do.

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   Posted 7/23/2009 1:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh I definately agree that any and all advice given on a support forum should be ran by their doctor first! :) In fact, that is one of the forum rules. I sincerely hope your blood pressure has gone down?
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couchtater
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   Posted 7/23/2009 2:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you both for your input. I will discuss this further with my doctor.

Joy

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   Posted 7/23/2009 2:29 PM (GMT -7)   
What works for 1 may not work for someone else since every one is different.......
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   Posted 7/26/2009 10:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Singulair is a non steroid maintence medication for asthma-again run it by your doctor it may not be enough for people who do need steroids.

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   Posted 7/26/2009 10:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I thought about Singulair too but for someone who has active asthma, I agree that it may not be enough.

Btw, I found this great website about the difference forms of maintenance medications for asthma.

http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art40483.asp


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   Posted 7/27/2009 2:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Singulair may be a great thing to add to what you are already taking and to go along with rescue meds etc. It works great for me but I don't have major asthma attacks and take it mostly to relieve alergy symptoms-however it was originally FDA apporved for asthma.
It would not hurt to discus it as an option with your doc.
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