Hello, Orange 2001,
You were on two corticosteroids with prednisone and methylpred. The
Advair was added to prevent serious problems with the other two
drugs. It's good that your physician removed the two cortisol-like
drugs from your system gradually.
In actuality, however, the Advair you're taking is noted for causing
depression. Have you considered seeing an allergy specialist who
will test you to find what you are allergic to that is causing the serious
allergic reactions you're having? I have an inherited allergy gene and
must take a shot every two weeks to alleviate the reactions to an
inhaled allergen, and no longer need to take any medications to relieve asthma symptoms.
I'm not a doctor and cannot recommend any procedure for you to follow, but based on my experience I can tell you that I believe the
best relief from allergic symptoms may be found in finding the allergens that you are sensitive to, whether they are foods, inhaled, or other things, such as pollen from trees, grasses, mold spores, and a thousand other possible things.
Taking allergy shots is far better (and covered by health insurance) than the side effects of Advair. Depression is a major symptom of that drug's use.
Corticosteroids can go straight to the adrenal glands if you get enough of them and can cause all kinds of reactions, including heart block, according to my nephrologist.
If you research online the various ingredients in Advair, including
salmeterol you will be helping yourself to understand more clearly how
all medications have side effects and some of them pretty serious, in my view (and that of others, as well).
Do take care and find the answers to your allergy sensitivities. If you have an inherited allergy gene, you will be on an interesting journey to keep abreast of the newer medications and how you must alter your diet and home atmosphere, as well as taking shots for the various allergens, to achieve better health and avoid depression.
Allergies also change from time to time, so you'll need to make sure
with your allergy specialist that your sensitivities haven't changed if
you begin to notice reactions from other inhaled or ingested substances that you are sensitive to.
Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 4/15/2011 9:54:10 PM (GMT-6)