At three weeks of age I was hospitalized and diagnosed with asthma. Now, 38 years later, just when I think I've researched all about
it on my own as well as the continued care of a good pulmonologist, allergist, and my wonderful family doctor, there is still more to learn. When I was 25 I became disheartened that I "still" had asthma. My pulmonary specialist informed me that despite what many people believe, a patient just doesn't grow out of asthma, like an old pair of shoes. Presently I take Advair 500/50, Singulair 10, Albuterol Rescue Inhaler, Albuterol/Atrovent Nebulizer Breathing Treatments and Prednisone 10. For the past 3-4 years my husband and I can count on a trip to the e.r. with hospitalization for 4-5 days almost every 3-4 months. I hate the course of aggressive treatment of IV Salumedrol (and IV Levaquin, breathing trts q 4 hrs, along with my home meds) for those 4-5 days. The r.n.'s and respiratory therapists are friends of mine of course and laugh with me with my phrase "on the altar of salumedrol". Side effects include induced type 2 diabetes, relentless migraines of the worst kind, nausea, water/weight gain, uncontrollable appetite, joint flare pain especially in both knees and both elbows which is debilitating in itself. When you can't breath, you can't breath, and I am thankful for the medication which improves my accute asthma symptoms and constriction but I'm wondering if anyone out there has any substitution for the dreaded iv salumedrol?