How long until I get full benefits from asmanex, zyrtec?

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   Posted 8/15/2011 8:28 PM (GMT -6)   
This may be lengthy...apologizing now, but I am strugging for answers!  I was diagnosed with asthma in 1999 and have been on everything.  Advair seemed to be working fine (with maybe only three ER visits per year) until I saw the tv commercial warning of possible sudden death so I was switched to Flovent and singulair.  This worked for about a year and then I ended up making trips to the ER every other week it seemed.  Within the past three years, I have been on short-term prednisone each ER visit, until recently.  Two weeks ago I visited the ER and the doctor took one look at me and said, "Just by looking at you, I can tell you've been on prednisone too long.  If your here for prednisone, then I have nothing to offer you!"  shocked   
He asked about acid reflux, which I remember only experiencing a few times while on singulair.  He recommended asmanex, zyrtec, a cough suppresent, and albuterol treatments every few hours.  He left it up to me whether or not I wanted to continue taking the singular.  I did.  I went four days of his treatment plan and I was able to do laundry, clean the house, walk here and there with only a couple of puffs from my rescue inhaler.  On the 5th day, it was terrible.  I thought I was going to die of suffocation.  I found myself back in the ER with the same doctor who said, "No more singulair but continue with the treatment plan". 
I have taken off the week to focus on this new plan and so far, I am involuntarily restricted to my recliner, otherwise I have to stop and catch my breath (or find it) and come running back to my nebulizer. 
The doctor said it will take a couple of weeks for my medication to kick in.  I need to read some experiences from other people to reassure that I'm not just sitting here for nothing and that there is a light at the end of this dark tunnel.  Please help....and thanks! sad

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   Posted 8/15/2011 10:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry that you're having such a hard time with your asthma :( I have never been on these meds except for Singulair and Zyrtec (for allergies - not asthma). But hopefully someone will come along soon and give you some advice.
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   Posted 8/16/2011 6:25 PM (GMT -6)   
You mentioned Reflux. You might have LPR (aka: silent reflux). I found out about five years ago my silent reflux was causing my asthma to get out of control. It was spilling over into my windpipe a lot. I had the surgery for reflux and my asthma is under control. I rarely have to use my rescue inhaler. My last inhaler expired before I had even used half of it. I still use my advair for maintance, but my attacks are gone.
Go see a Gastroenterologist to be evaluated for LPR.
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