Understanding Inhalors for Asthma, or COPD

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Teri16
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   Posted 8/16/2005 7:53 PM (GMT -7)   

Asthma and lung diseases are very serious medical problems that can actually cause death in certain situations if not well controlled with medications. 

What medications and Inhalors do you use to help control your asthma? 

Do you know your medications and what they are doing for you?

Fluticasone and Salmeterol (Advair Diskus)

"Inhaled fluticasone belongs to the family of medicines known as corticosteroids (cortisone-like medicines). It works by preventing certain cells in the lungs and breathing passages from releasing substances that cause asthma symptoms. It will not relieve an asthma attack that has already started.

Inhaled salmeterol is a long-acting bronchodilator and it belongs to the family of medicines known as bronchodilators. Bronchodilators are medicines that are breathed in through the mouth to open up the bronchial tubes (air passages) of the lungs. Salmeterol is different than other bronchodilators because it does not act quickly enough to relieve an asthma attack that has already started."

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/uspdi/500235.html


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Teri16
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   Posted 8/16/2005 7:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been using an Advair Inhalor for several years now to control my asthma and my COPD - and I have an Albuterol Inhalor for emergencies and a nebulizer when needed. 
 
There are so many medications for asthma today, what helps you? confused
 
 
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Teri16
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   Posted 8/17/2005 2:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Albuterol Inhaler
 
"Albuterol is in a class of medications called beta-agonists. It works by relaxing and opening air passages in the lungs, making it easier to breathe.
 
I sure hope this info helps someone!  I didn't know much about any of this years ago, so have had to learn a lot!! yeah
 
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   Posted 8/18/2005 1:41 PM (GMT -7)   

I did use an inhaler then my  LUng Doctor changed me to Advair 250/50 twice a day and 3 times when I relly need it. Been on Advair for going on 2 years this Oct. Thanks for the links Teri.

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Teri16
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   Posted 8/18/2005 2:27 PM (GMT -7)   
    tongue  Hi Heidi!  I'm glad that the Advair has helped you!
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